Decomposing body of Ebonyi Fed Poly deputy registrar found in Imo bush

The decomposing body of Innocent Obi, the Deputy Registrar of the Federal Polytechnic, Uwana, Ebonyi State, has been found in a bush in Ezeala, Umuezeala autonomous community in the Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State.


Obi, popularly known by villagers as Onye Army, had travelled to his village in Imo State from his base in Ebonyi State for the funeral rites of his relative when he was kidnapped from his house in the village.


After returning home from the funeral last weekend, hoodlums wearing military and police uniforms invaded his house around 10 pm. 


One of the villagers told Punch: “They broke through the main door and started using machetes and axes on him.


“His cry for help attracted villagers to the scene, but the boys who were operating on three motorcycles, started shooting consistently into the air.


“The shooting forced everybody who had come out for his rescue back. And they abducted Dee Onye Army from that Friday night, leaving heavy blood stains in the house.”


The following day, Saturday, Oct. 14, villagers summoned a search party and they went in search of him.


“It was late Sunday afternoon (Oct. 15) that we got information about a decomposing corpse lying between Ehime Mbano and Ahiazu Mbaise.


“When our people visited the scene that Sunday, it was the dead body of our brother, Dee Onye Army, that we met.


“They gruesomely butchered him beyond recognition.


“Dee Onye Army was a man who ensured that any youth who wanted to go to school got admission. So many youths were given admission to his school. He never lived like a rich man, always unassuming.


“It was now that he started building his own house in the village and that building is just within the decking stage before his death”, the villager said.


Obi had retired from the military before joining the service of the Federal Polytechnic, Uwana. He was said to have also applied to be the next substantive registrar of the institution before his untimely death. 

Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, former Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), his three sons and a daughter in-law .

They were arraigned in a 17-count charge bordering on official corruption, abuse of office and forgery.before Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court, Abuja,

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the defendants, who were all in court, were arraigned alongside the six family companies.

In the new charge, Ojerinde was accused of selling off a Federal Government’s property; House No. 4, Ahomko Drive, Achimota Phase Two, Accra in Ghana.

The house was said to have been sold out by Ojerinde and his sons after it was forfeited to the Federal Government in order to conceal corrupt benefits.

The charge also indicated that some of the sons acted as agents to facilitate quick sales of the House in Ghana.

He was alleged to have engaged in the act while being a public officer contrary to Section 26 (1) ( c) and punishable under Section 24 of the ICPC Act 2000.

The former JAMB registrar was also alleged to have used fake names to acquire companies, opened bank accounts, acquired petrol stations and bought landed property in Ilorin, Kwara while being a public officer.

They, however, pleaded not guilty to all the counts.

Counsel to the ICPC, Ebenezer Shogunle, opposed bail plea for Prof. Ojerinde and Oluwaseun Adeniyi Ojerinde, his son, on the grounds of their refusal to honour series of invitations by the anti-graft commission as well as likelihood of filing more charges against them.

Justice Ekwo asked Shogunle if there were pending criminal charges against them and if they were admitted to bail by the courts and the lawyer answered in the affirmative.

Shogunle said that Ojerinde was facing similar trial before a Niger State High Court, Minna and another case before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

The judge consequently admitted them to bail in the terms previously granted by the courts.

He also admitted the three sons and daughter in-law to a bail in the sum of N20 million and a surety each in the like sum who must own a landed property in Abuja with verified proof of ownership.

Justice Ekwo directed that the original title documents of the property must be deposited with the court while the defendants were ordered to deposit their traveling documents with the court registrar and must not travel out of the country without the permission of the court.

He ordered Ojerinde, who wept profusely in the open court, to immediately attend to his ill-health so as to be able to stand the trial as required by law.

The judge fixed Nov. 13, Nov. 14, Nov. 15 and Nov. 16 for commencement of trial.

NAN reports that the three sons, charged by the ICPC, are Olumide Abiodun Ojerinde, Adedayo Ojerinde and Oluwaseun Adeniyi Ojerinde while the daughter- in- law is Mary Funmilola Ojerinde.

The companies include Doyin Ogbohi Petroleum Ltd, Cheng Marbles Limited, Sapati International Schools Ltd, Trillium Learning Centers Ltd, Standout Institutes Ltd and ESLI Perfect Security Printers Ltd.

According to Oloyede, JAMB “will not release the results until we have all the reports of examination malpractices”.

“We have no reason not to release the results but we are also doing some internal appraisal,” Oloyede said during a meeting with the management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Abuja.

“One, we don’t want this situation where you release results and you start to withdraw some; so we have asked people to submit reports, particularly of malpractices.

“And for the first day after the result was ready, we now scrutinized and we saw that about 40 per cent of the report were not in.

“So, why release 60 per cent and create confusion? We have insisted that this year, we will not release the results until we have all the reports of examination malpractices.”

“The result will be out; for instance, I was told that the exam of Saturday is completed now. The results are in; when I get to the office today I will append my signature and it will go out.”

The JAMB CEO also spoke about those people who could not write the UTME based on technical challenges in some CBT centres.

“I don’t know those schools. There are no technical hitches because those you called BVN matters we have reassigned all of them from yesterday (Monday) for today (Tuesday). We created four sections to clear all of them because it is not the fault of the candidate.

He admitted that they has a technical hitch from one of their service providers, adding that were supposed to use one character, but ended up using another, resulting in some problems for the candidates. However, he noted that the issues have been addressed and the candidates would be reassigned to the fourth section,

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