JAMB indicts CBT centre operators for alleged cyber fraud in 2020 UTME registration
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has indicted some of its accredited registration centres across the country for allegedly partaking in cyber fraud in the ongoing 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)/ Direct Entry registration.
JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who paraded the suspects yesterday at the board’s headquarters in Bwari, Abuja, said 48 computers used for the crime had been confiscated. Oloyede said some of the centre owners were arrested for illegally extending their Virtual Private Network (VPN) to unregistered centres, thereby using them to defraud candidates.
The JAMB boss, who said the suspects were tracked down after the board discovered the illegal acts, regretted that the idea of using the National Identification Number (NIN) for registration of candidates was suspended.
According to him, unsuspecting candidates who were registered for the examination using the illegal method might be negatively affected as they may not sit for the examination.
One of the suspects, Mr. Philip Agene, an owner of a CBT centre in Rivers State, while responding to the allegation, agreed that his centre used fictitious names and National Identification Numbers (NIN) to extend service to where they were used to commit fraud.
He, however, claimed that he was unaware that such crime was perpetrated under his watch. While handing over the suspects to the police, Oloyede said the board would this year beam its searchlight more on centre owners to prevent such illegal activities and extortion of candidates.