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Dibu Ojerinde, Sons, Daughter-In-Law Docked



The Federal Government on Thursday in Abuja put Professor Lawrence Adedibu Ojerinde, his three sons, and a daughter-in-law on trial for allegedly disposing of the property of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in Ghana.

The accused, who were all present in court, were docked on 17-count criminal charges by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

Prof Ojerinde, already arraigned twice, was docked for the third time alongside his family’s six companies.

In the new charge, the former JAMB registrar is accused of selling off a Federal Government property situated at House No. 4, Ahomko Drive, Achimota Phase Two, Accra, Ghana.

The house was said to have been sold by Ojerinde and his sons after it was forfeited to the federal government.


The fresh charge indicated that the alleged corrupt benefit conferred on Ojerinde by one Jimoh Olabisi Olatunde while he was a public officer contravened Section 26 (1) (c) and is punishable under Section 24 of the ICPC Act 2000.

Arraigned alongside Ojerinde were his three sons, Olumide Abiodun Ojerinde, Adedayo Ojerinde, and Oluwaseun Adeniyi Ojerinde, as well as his daughter-in-law, Mary Funmilola Ojerinde.

The family’s companies also put on trial were Doyin Ogbohi Petroleum Ltd, Cheng Marbles Limited, Sapati International Schools Ltd, Trillium Learning Centres Ltd, Standout Institutes Ltd and ESLI Perfect Security Printers Ltd.

Apart from the alleged unlawful sale of Federal Government property in Ghana, the former JAMB registrar was accused of using fake names to acquire companies, open bank accounts, acquire petroleum stations, and buy landed properties in Ilorin, Kwara State, while he was a public officer.

The charges also indicated that his sons acted as agents to facilitate the alleged sale of the house in Ghana.


The defendants all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Due to their repeated refusals to accept invitations from the anti-graft agency and the likelihood that additional charges will be brought against them, ICPC lawyer Ebenezer Adenekan Shogunle opposed the granting of bail to Ojerinde and Oluwaseun Adeniyi Ojerinde.

Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo, who took the plea of the defendants, asked the ICPC lawyer if there were pending criminal charges against them and if they were admitted on bail by the courts, to which the counsel answered in the affirmative.

The ICPC lawyer acknowledged that Ojerinde was going through a similar trial before the Federal High Court in Abuja and the Niger State High Court in Minna.

Justice Ekwo invoked the prior bail conditions to admit the former JAMB Registrar to bail after it was established that another Federal High Court in Abuja had previously granted bail to the individual.


The judge, however, admitted his three sons and daughter-in-law on bail in the sum of N20 million and for each of them one surety in like sum who must be property owners in Abuja with verified proofs of ownership.

The original title documents for the properties were to be deposited with the court, the judge ruled. The defendants were instructed to leave their passports in the custody of the court registrar and were prohibited from leaving the country without the court’s permission.

Justice Ekwo instructed Ojerinde, who was openly crying, to get immediate medical attention for his deteriorating health so that he could stand for trial as required by law.

The court subsequently fixed November 13, 14, 15, and 16 for trial, during which the ICPC is expected to call 18 witnesses to testify against the defendants.



Diphtheria: Children at risk as 7,202 cases are confirmed in Nigeria



A staggering 7,202 cases of diphtheria, a highly contagious bacterial infection that can be fatal without treatment, were confirmed in Nigeria last week.

The outbreak has been particularly severe among children under 14, with three-quarters of cases (73.6%) in this age group.

Most cases have been recorded in Kano state, Nigeria’s second most populous state. In the past three months, there have been 453 deaths from diphtheria in Nigeria.

Diphtheria is a vaccine-preventable disease, but low vaccination rates in Nigeria have made the outbreak possible. Only 42% of children under 15 in Nigeria are fully protected from diphtheria.

Diphtheria symptoms begin with a sore throat and fever. In severe cases, the bacteria produce a toxin that can block the airway, causing difficulty breathing and swallowing. The toxin can also spread to other body parts, causing heart kidney problems and nerve damage.


Save the Children is launching a wide-scale health response in the three most impacted states of Kano, Yobe, and Katsina. The organization is deploying expert health and supply chain staff to help overstretched clinics detect and treat diphtheria cases and to support mass vaccination campaigns.

However, Save the Children warns that a mass vaccination campaign will only be successful if the vaccine shortage is urgently addressed.

Severe shortages in Nigeria of the required vaccine and the antitoxin needed to treat the disease mean that the situation could continue to escalate, placing many children at risk of severe illness and death.

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WHO releases $16m to tackle cholera, says Director-General



The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies to tackle cholera.

Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General said this during an online news conference.

Ghebreyesus said that the organisation was providing essential supplies, coordinating the on the ground response with partners, supporting countries to detect, prevent and treat cholera, and informing people how to protect themselves.

“To support this work, we have appealed for 160 million dollars, and we have released more than 16 million dollars from the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies.

“But the real solution to cholera lies in ensuring everyone has access to safe water and sanitation, which is an internationally recognized human right,” he said.


According to him, in the previous week, WHO published new data showing that cases reported in 2022 were more than double those in 2021.

He said that the preliminary data for 2023 suggested was likely to be even worse.

“So far, 28 countries have reported cases in 2023 compared with 16 during the same period in 2022.

“The countries with the most concerning outbreaks right now are Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq and Sudan.

“Significant progress has been made in countries in Southern Africa, including Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, but these countries remain at risk as the rainy season approaches,” Ghebreyesus said.


According to him, the worst affected countries and communities are poor, without access to safe drinking water or toilets.

He said that they also face shortages of oral cholera vaccine and other supplies, as well as overstretched health workers, who are dealing with multiple disease outbreaks and other health emergencies.

On COVID-19, Ghebreyesus said that as the northern hemisphere winter approaches, the organisation continued to see concerning trends.

He said that among the relatively few countries that report them, both hospitalisations and ICU admissions have increased in the past 28 days, particularly in the Americas and Europe.

WHO boss said that meanwhile, vaccination levels among the most at-risk groups remained worryingly low.


“Two-thirds of the world’s population has received a complete primary series, but only one-third has received an additional, or “booster” dose.

“COVID-19 may no longer be the acute crisis it was two years ago, but that does not mean we can ignore it,” he said.

According to him, countries invested so much in building their systems to respond to COVID-19.

He urged countries to sustain those systems, to ensure people can be protected, tested and treated for COVID-19 and other infectious threats.

“That means sustaining systems for collaborative surveillance, community protection, safe and scalable care, access to countermeasures and coordination,” he said.

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