Dibu Ojerinde plans to file for a plea bargain
Former registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Dibu Ojerinde will be arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on July 6 for allegedly misappropriating N900 million.
According to the cable, Obiora Egwuatu, the presiding judge fixed the date on Monday, after Ebenezer Shogunle, counsel to the ICPC, disagreed with the terms of the plea bargain application that P.A.O. Olorunnisola, the defence counsel, had planned to file before the court.
A plea bargain is an arrangement between prosecutor and defendant whereby the defendant pleads guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for a more lenient sentence or an agreement to drop other charges.
The ICPC counsel who had already been served with a copy of the process, disagreed with Olorunnisola’s submission, saying the commission was not in agreement with the terms in the application.
Thereafter, the judge held that since the prosecution was not in agreement with the terms put forward by the defence, a written correspondence should be filed to the effect.
Recall that NIGERIA TODAY reported that the former JAMB registrar was arrested by the ICPC on March 15 in Abuja on allegations bordering on misappropriation of funds 900 million.