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How ex-JAMB accountant forfeited 33 buildings, lands, factory to FG – ICPC

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says a former accountant with the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Dr Jimoh Olatunde has forfeited to the Federal Government 33 buildings, plots of land and a factory.

The anti-graft agency disclosed these in response to a Freedom of Information request, to Sunday PUNCH

Olatunde is the prosecution witness in a case of official corruption and abuse of office brought against Prof Dibu Ojerinde, a former head of the National Examination Council and later JAMB registrar.

The ex-JAMB accountant was believed to have acted as proxy for Ojerinde.

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The ICPC in an 18-count accused Ojerinde of diverting public funds estimated at about N5.2bn while he was the head of NECO and JAMB.

Olatunde, who was also the Deputy Director and Head of Treasury, NECO, revealed how Ojerinde allegedly diverted N341.9m from the examination body to set up a personal printing press, school and buildings.

The witness, who testified before the High Court of Niger State, Minna, told the trial judge, Justice Abdullahi Mikailu, that N216,297,443 was deceitfully withdrawn from NECO account for payment for 17 fictitious printing contracts, which were used for establishing the printing press.

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