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Police arrests over 40 Jamb cyber fraudsters

Forty operators of 38 Computer Based Test (CBT) centres enlisted in the ongoing 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration exercise have been arrested at the headquarters of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in Abuja.

The CBT personnel from 11 states across the country were invited by JAMB to a meeting to explain their involvement in alleged cyber fraud, following a hint by the Board that uncovered their involvement in illegal registration activities.

The affected CBT officials, who had expected a dialogue to resolve the identified infractions, were surprised when the Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, displayed scores of computers that were tracked and confiscated from their centres for illegal registration.

Oloyede provided opportunity to each of the CBT officials to explain what they knew about the illegal centres created to defraud candidates, with many claiming ignorance and others blaming their staff for the crime, a move that prompted the JAMB boss to surrender the suspects to Police for thorough investigation and prosecution.

According to the Jamb registrar, They extended their systems (computers) registered with JAMB to other places. They used it to defraud owners of CBT and create a lot of problems Oloyode said.

While expressing concern that such candidates registered through illegal registration may not be able to sit for the exam unless the Board is able to come up with a remedy, the JAMB Registrar lamented that most of the CBT operators were also discovered of registering fictitious names and wrong National Identity Number (NIN) for their staff to cover up their tracks.

He called on parents to allow their children to follow due process by registering in only approved CBT centres.

The CBT centres whose personnel were arrested during the meeting with JAMB are from 11 states of the country.

The states include Akwa Ibom 1, Anambra 8, Bayelsa 4, Nasarawa 5, Rivers 8, Lagos 2 and Delta 4.

Other states are Kwara 2, Oyo 1, Ondo 1 and Katsina 2.

Source: Voice of Nigeria