The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday, granted N200 million bail to former Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Dibu Ojerinde who is being prosecuted on fraud charges.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) had charged Mr Ojerinde with 18 counts of fraud.
In the case marked, FHC/ABJ/CR/97/21, ICPC accused the former chief executive officer of committing the offences while heading JAMB and the National Examination Council (NECO) at different times.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
Earlier on Tuesday, the judge, Obiora Egwuatu, refused to entertain the defence team’s oral bail application and ordered his remand till Thursday.
The defence subsequently filed a written bail application which was opposed by the prosecution through a written address with counter-affidavit.
Prison authorities produced Mr Ojerinde late for the bail hearing on Thursday with the judge having to warn ICPC against delays in the matter.
After listening to the parties arguments, eventually, the judge granted the bail application.
Putting the bail bond at N200million, Mr Egwuatu ordered Mr Ojerinde to produce two sureties one of whom must be a professor in a federal university, as part of the bail conditions.