The plea bargain talks between former Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB Adedibu Ojerinde and the Independent Corrupt Practice and other related offences Commission ICPC failed on Tuesday.
Ojerinde was arraigned on July 6 on an 18-count charge in which he was accused among others, of complicity in the diversion of public funds estimated at over N5.2billion.
The prosecuting agency Independent Corrupt Practices & other related offences Commission ICPC – claimed that Ojerinde is guilty of the alleged offences contained in the charge from when he served as the Registrar of the National Examination Council NECO to his days in JAMB and up till 2021 after he left office.
On Tuesday, both the prosecution and defense lawyers appealed to the court to allow parties one more day to work out a possible plea bargain arrangement but lead prosecuting lawyer, Ebenezer Shogunle told the court that plea bargain talks failed therefore resolved to proceed with the hearing.
Lead defence lawyer, Ibrahim Ishaku SAN confirmed the development and said they are ready for trial.