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I Have Never In My Life Collected Bribe – JAMB Registrar

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I Have Never In My Life Collected Bribe – JAMB Registrar

Is-haq Oloyede, the registrar of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has confessed that he has never indulged himself in any form of corrupt practice during the discharge of his duties.

Mr. Oloyede, while reacting to allegations of fraud levelled against him by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, said he has neither collected bribe, inflated contracts, extorted anyone nor accepted gifts beyond from anyone.

ASUU had in a petition sent to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, accused Mr. Oloyede and the incumbent vice chancellor of University of Ilorin, Abdulganiy Ambali, of fraud totalling more than N2 billion.

Other allegations levelled against the duo include pension fraud, unremitted deductions, extortion from students, contract inflation and kick-backs; as well as unlawful payments to ex-principal officers of the university.

The JAMB registrar also maintained that he operated a transparent system within the period he served the university as vice chancellor.

“I am extremely selective in accepting gifts from even personal friends. My needs are limited and my legitimate income is sufficient to spend on my volunteer work,” the JAMB boss said.

“I have never in my life collected bribe, inflated contracts, extorted anyone nor accepted gifts beyond “Thank You greeting cards” from any contractor, dead or alive.”

Before his appointment as JAMB registrar, Mr. Oloyede served as vice chancellor of the University of Ilorin between 2008 and 2012.

Within the period, he served as Chairman of the Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, AVCNU; initiator of the Association of West Africa Universities, AWAU; President of the Association of African Universities, AAU; and Board member of the

Association of Commonwealth Universities, ACU as well as the International Association of Universities, IAU.

In August 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Mr. Oloyede the registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB. He was appointed alongside sixteen other heads of parastatals and agencies under the Federal Ministry of Education.

In its reaction, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, kicked against Mr. Oloyede’s appointment, stressing that the former vice chancellor should be probed. The union also alleged that Mr. Oloyede’s era as vice chancellor at the University of Ilorin was characterized by anti-democratic and anti-union activities.

But in his response to the union’s petition sent to the EFCC on Thursday, Mr. Oloyede said that his response to the allegations was necessary because there is need to “thwart the Satanic objective of distracting me from the national assignment which they protested against but failed.”

The JAMB boss however called on the anti-graft agency, EFCC, to investigate the allegations and take necessary action after establishing the truthfulness of the case brought before it by the union.

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