The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has seized 33 buildings, plots of land and a factory forfeited to the Federal Government by a former accountant with the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, Dr Jimoh Olatunde.
In response to a Freedom of Information request, the anti-graft organization provided this information to PUNCH.
Olatunde is a witness for the prosecution in a case alleging official misconduct and abuse of power against Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, a former executive director of the National Examination Council and later registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board.
It was reported that the former JAMB accountant served as Ojerinde’s representative.
When Ojerinde was in charge of NECO and JAMB, the ICPC charged him with misusing public monies worth around N5.2 billion in an 18-count complaint.
Olatunde, who was also NECO’s Deputy Director and Head of Treasury, described how Ojerinde reportedly used N341.9 million in funds from the testing organization to establish a printing press, a school, and other structures.
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High Court of Niger State, Minna, told the trial judge, Justice Abdullahi Mikailu, that N216,297,443 was deceitfully withdrawn from NECO account for payment for 17 fictitious printing contracts, which were used for establishing the printing press.