A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Tuesday, ordered the detention of a former Registrar of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde at the Correctional Center.
Ojerinde was arraigned on an 18-count charge over his alleged involvement in a N5.2 billion fraud.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), said Ojerinde committed the alleged offences, contained in the charge from 2003 when he served as the Registrar of the National Examination Council (NECO).
Ojerinde, however, pleaded not guilty to all the 18-count charges when it was read to him.
Hiis counsel, Peter Olorunnishola (SAN), subsequently informed the court about a bail application he filed and served on the prosecution.
Olorunnishola also prayed the court for time to react to the counter-affidavit filed by the counsel to the prosecution, Ebenezer Shogunle, which the defence lawyer said was served on him late.
Shogunle, who did not object to Olorunnishola’s request for time, opposed the defence counsel’s application that his client be allowed to remain on the administrative bail earlier granted him by the ICPC, pending the hearing of his bail application.
The trial Judge, Justice Obiora Egwuatu, in a ruling, ordered that Ojerinde be kept in a correctional centre pending the hearing of his bail application.