JAMB: Why UTME scammers are flooding North
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, says fraudulent Computer Based Test, CBT, centres are flooding some parts of the north, having been put out of their unwholesome business in the South through its monitoring activities.
JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, who made the remarks at a press conference in Abuja, said the increase of the rogue CBT centres in the North marks a departure from what has been mostly a problem from the South.
Oloyede disclosed that over 400 candidates currently seeking admissions into institutions across the country were involved in admission fraud, alleging that some tertiary institutions were accomplices in the widespread irregularities.
According to him, the first 64 cases of CBT infractions currently treated by the board were from the north, with some having multiple cases of up to 96 irregularities.
The JAMB boss further noted that compromised tertiary institutions were engaging in change of photographs and biometrics of candidates, contrary to an earlier directive by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, which has allowed for impersonation.
Recall that Adamu had directed institutions not to take any new photograph or biometrics of candidates after registration as a measure of breaking the problem of impersonation.
Oloyede restated the readiness of JAMB to implement the decision of the minister, warning that any public intitution that violates the directive would be treated as an accomplice and named, and shamed, while private institutions could have their licenses withdrawn.
"This year, we have over 400 people that were caught whereby those who wrote the exams were different from those who applied. We are waiting for the institutions to come up and report activities of the fraudsters," he said.
The registrar vowed that 200 of the candidates would be prosecuted, one from each state of the federation as the board does not have the resources to prosecute all the 400 candidates, adding that prosecuting a candidate would cost the board over N500,000.
While urging institutions to look inwards and monitor the activities of their ICT staff, he warned candidates to desist from fraudulent changes to their portals as JAMB is aware of all activities performed on them.
Meanwhile, one Buhari Abubakar, who was caught in an attempt to impersonate, and his alleged accomplice in examination malpractice, Muhammad Sanusi, both from Kano state were also paraded before newsmen after being arrested by men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC.
Abubakar, a candidate of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in 2020, had paid Sanusi the sum of N25,000 to source for an examination-taker to sit the UTME for him, on the basis of which he secured admission into Bayero University, Kano, BUK, to read Islamic studies.
"However, the arrangement ran into hitches when all the candidate's details including his identity card carried the passport of the hired examination-taker. This scoop was made possible because BUK had complied fully with the ministerial directive that only data supplied by candidates during registration should be used by institutions during the fresher's registration.
"Mr. Abubakar had sought ways he could change the passport of the examination-taker to his own but was unsuccessful in the course of which he was arrested.
"Mr. Abdullahi Sarki also arrested had promised to change the passport for the examination taker to that of Mr. Abubakar, which he could not.
"It would be noted that were it not for the implementation of the policy, this particular candidate would have brought in a fresh passport and got himself properly registered into the university without anyone being the wiser," Oloyede narrated.