The Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, Thursday, cautioned the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission’s (ICPC) manner of handling the prosecution of erstwhile Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Dibu Ojerinde.
Obiora Egwuatu gave the admonition following the inability of ICPC to produce Ojerinde who is the sole defendant in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CR/97/21 in court 40 minutes after the case was called.
The ICPC said that the former chief executive officer allegedly committed multiple frauds, while heading JAMB and the National Examination Council (NECO).
The court had on Tuesday, July 6, rejected Ojerinde’s bail plea after taking his plea on the 18-count charge preferred against him by the anti-corruption commission
The rejection followed the argument of prosecuting counsel, Ebenezer Shogunle, that his application for a “temporary bail” was unknown to the law. The court then ordered the former JAMB registrar to be remanded in a correctional centre. He was remanded in Suleja Prison.
At the hearing on Thursday, Shogunle apologised to the court, that the officers of the Suleja Correctional Centre were yet to bring him to the court due to the distance and the traffic congestion along the road.
He prayed the court to stand down the matter for about 30 minutes or an hour.
Defence lawyer, Peter Olorunnisola, did not oppose the request and the judge stood down the matter for other cases to be heard.
However, after taking other matters scheduled for the day, the judge asked if Mr Ojerinde had been produced, but Shogunle gave a negative answer.
The judge, who showed irksome countenance over the development, said, “I don’t take this. Maybe if you are not ready to prosecute the matter you should let us know. Court sits by 9 a.m. Let this be the last time you will be doing this.”