A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the interim forfeiture of Gravity FM, Igboho and some other properties belonging to Ex-Registrar of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde.
Ojerinde, was also pioneer Registrar of the National Examination Council, NECO, had joined the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the build up to the 2019 general elections. His son, Hon.Olumide Ojerinde, subsequently got the party’s ticket to contest the Oorelope/Irepo/Olorunsogo federal constituency seat. He won.
Recalls that former Governor Oyo State Abiola Ajimobi had, immediately after his announcement as APC Deputy National Chairman (South) announced Professor Ojerinde, who is Nigeria’s first professor of test and measurement, as a member of the party’s Reconciliation Committee in Oyo State.
In the forfeiture order, which was published in the PUNCH Newspaper on Friday, Justice Ijeoma L. Ojukwu ruled that each of the said properties was acquired with public funds which represents proceeds of unlawful corrupt activities.
In the order, the Justice stressed further that any person interested in the said properties should appear before the court to show cause within fourteen days of the publication why a final forfeiture order should not be made in favor of the Federal Government.
The properties of the Igboho-born politician, who recently joined the All Progressives Congress, will be managed and controlled by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission and Mr David Igbodo, an AIG (Rtd) has been appointed as the Interim Administrator pending further directives from the court. The Court order stated;
“An order of this Honourable court is hereby made for
the interim forfeiture to the Federal Republic of Nigeria
of all the immovable properties listed in A attached to
the affidavit in support and marked by the Independent
Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) upon reasonable suspicion that each of the said properties was acquired with public funds and/or
represents the proceeds of unlawful corrupt activities.
“An interim order of this Honourable Court is hereby
made that the properties attached/forfeited in the
interim and be managed and controlled by the
Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related
Offences Commission,” the order read.
Some of the properties are;
(1) Oke Afin Hostels located opposite Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State.
(4) Doyin Gas, Ibadan, Oyo State
(5) Soka Filling Station, along Lagos–Ibadan Expressway, Ibadan, Oyo State.
(6) Gravity FM Radio Station, Igboho, Oyo State.
(8) A mansion at No 14 Yobe Close, Maitama, Abuja
(9) and Properties in South Africa.
(10) Shares in banks, fixed deposits and money in bank accounts were also part of the properties listed to be
forfeited by the same order of the Court.
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