N5.2B Alleged Fraud: Former Legal Adviser Testifies Against His Boss, Ex JAMB Registrar Prof. Ojerinde

These are no good days for former JAMB registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde as his ex legal adviser, Barrister Peter Iyiola Oyewole, testified against him before Justice Obiora Egwuatu of the Federal High Court in Abuja on corruption charges in the sum of N5.2B.

 

Barrister Peter Iyiola Oyewole, a man from the same hometown as Prof. Ojerinde, who claimed he was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1999, testified before the court that, Prof. Ojerinde, and his allies floated some companies while he was in office.

Barr. Oyewole said, while Prof. Ojerinde was registered as the Director of two of the companies, names of his cronies: “Ojerinde Dayo, Ojerinde Olumide (a serving member of the House of Representatives), Awodayo Habib, Adeyanju Gbenga, Ojerinde Olutoyin, Ojerinde Akanbi, Ojerinde Adedayo, Olayiwola Ayanwale and Ibrahim Danmusa, Ojerinde Dibu, Sanusi Alade Najeem” and some others, were used as Directors by the Professor at the Corporate Affairs Commission, (CAC), to register other of his companies.

 

To further buttress his claims and to exonerate himself from Prof. Ojerinde’s ordeals, Barr. Oyewole “tendered 12 letters exchanged between himself and the defendant”as well as “17 photocopies of bank drafts issued for his payment for the registration of the companies and the purchase of the three buildings.”

 

Barr. Oyewole also denied registering any company for the defendant, Prof. Ojerinde, adding that, everything he did was on the instructions of the defendant.

The witness, Barr. Oyewole, “further told the court that, Ojerinde aquired millions of shares at Osanta Micro-Finance Limited, in addition to being a Director with the Bank at the time he was JAMB Registrar.”

 

Other companies and buildings according to Barr. Oyewole allegedly bought by the ex JAMB registrar when he was his legal adviser include: Oke-Afin Boys and Girls Hostel Limited, Sapati International School, Doyin Ogbohi Petroleum Limited, Cheng Marbles Limited, Standout Institute Limited, Trillion Learning Center Limited, Grace Petroleum Limited and Ifelodun Communications Limited; with the three (3) buildings.

 

Barr. Oyewole again, tendered the Certificates of Incorporation for the companies, and the title documents of the three buildings, allegedly purchased for defendant Ojerinde in Abuja as exhibits before the court.

 

Counsel to Prof. Ojerinde, Ibrahim Ishyaku, (SAN), could not cross examine the witness, (Barr. Oyewole), on the grounds that, several documents were tendered and admitted as exhibits before the court which were not part of the proof of evidence supplied to him as the defendant’s counsel.

Justice Obiora Egwuatu, has fixed April 4 and 5, 2022, for continuation of trial.

 

Recall that, in 2021, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), slammed 18-count criminal charges against Prof. Ojerinde, which bothered on alleged diversion of N5.2B of public fund.

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