I have never collected bribe – JAMB Registrar

Ishaq Oloyede
Ishaq Oloyede

The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Is-haq Oloyede, has declared that he has never collected bribe from anyone.

Mr. Oloyede, who is also the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, made this disclosure while reacting to allegations of fraud levelled against him by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.

The union had in a petition sent to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, accused Mr. Oloyede and the incumbent vice chancellor of the university, 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.

In his reaction, Mr. Oloyede denied all the allegations. The don said he has never taken bribe,
extorted anyone, inflated contracts nor accepted gifts from any contractor.

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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  • Shahokaya

    If the allegations are found to be correct he should be prosecuted ,if on the other hand they are found to be lies , the petitioners should be forced to pay 5% of the alleged 2 billion for false whistle blowing.

    • Bash

      Agree! It’s time to devise a means of preventing privlous petitions. Imagine the time and resources to be expanded by EFCC to investigate. The tone of this petition alone suggest it’s maliciousness. None of the petitioners is currently on the payroll of Unilorin and yet they crying more than the bereaved?

  • Bash

    Thank you Prof for the clarification. One can see the obvious malicious intent of the petitioners. Unless they apologise and withdraw the petition seeking legal redress remains a good option to teach them a lesson

  • Lorgne

    We would not allow each other to work.

  • Ade

    Go and defend the allegation with the EFCC and not to the press!

    • abeem

      Obviously Prof Ishaq has shown that he is not one person that can be cowed by a frivolous allegation. He will definitely honor the invitation of the EFCC whenever summoned to appear to defend himself.

      • Truthis Bitter

        Remember, in Nigeria there is no smoke without fire. There is plenty fire burning under the yansh of Nigerian VCs. Its just that we have not seen the smoke yet. Remember, unab, oau,otuoke …… and many more to come. You dont write petition to efcc without evidence. There is corruption everywhere in Nigeria.

  • Iskacountryman

    were you ever offered a bribe?

    • paul irumundomon

      He said never, in Nigeria that is a lie.

      • Iskacountryman

        he did not say so…he said he never collected…

        • paul irumundomon

          As a Nigerian, lived there and do business there, I get more furious when I hear these statements, regardless of any archivement, be it natural or earned, no exception in Nigeria. The only people to believe, are five to ten years old Nigerians.

          • Iskacountryman

            they will ask for reward before they do anything…i have 15 of them and counting…

  • Hassan Lawal

    Nice one…for coming out with all confidence..sir,you have my respect!!!

    • Truthis Bitter

      There is plenty fire burning under the yansh of Nigerian VCs past and present. Its just that we have not seen the smoke yet. Remember, in Nigeria there is no smoke without fire.

      • Hassan Lawal

        ..i agree with you,but the confidence he displayed should be enough for anybody out there to come up with convincing evidence against him…am sure this man must have spent more than 20 years in serving Nigeria government,this span of time is enough for somebody out there to bring up something against him,if truly he’s corrupt.

        ….see ehn?..its not everybody in government ,be it by appointment or civil-service that is corrupt o!!!
        Though its hard to believe,but that’s the truth.

  • Mufu Ola

    These allegations against are frivolous. This man can never,repeat, never indulge in shady deals not to talk of bribe. This I can confirm with calm, confident assurance. Those allegations are vague & not even specific & not clearly spelled out. I’m aware of an instance at Unilorin concerning one his best friend & something to do with admission.This best best (a very prominent SAN) in order to avoid conflict of interest & knowing his friend’s moral standing deliberately take the admission of his well qualified son out of Unilorin entirely.There are several instances of his natural disposition towards corruption.I think Unilorin ASUU only want to avenge the strong disciple the Prof enforced during his tenour.

  • paul irumundomon

    No one Nigerian, has ever admitted to have taken bribe, who is surprised. Even dead Nigerians, are still indulged in fraudulent activities.