JAMB to spend over N100m on prosecution of 200 exam fraudsters
• Raises alarm over fraudulent CBT centres in north
THE Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said that the sum of N100 million will be required to successfully prosecute 200 out of more than 400 suspects involved in impersonation in the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Registrar of JAMB, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, spoke on Tuesday while also raising the alarm over the high number of Computer Based Test Centres (CBT) being established in some parts of the North for perpetuating examination fraud.
Speaking in Abuja where two suspects nabbed in Kano were paraded for their roles in alleged attempt to change a photograph used in UTME registration in Bayero University, Kano, Oloyede, warned that the Board has the ability to detect any illegal attempt to change candidates biometric data and other details used in UTME.
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.
He reminded tertiary institutions of the warning of Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, that any school that allows candidates to alter their UTME details in the course of registration risk being treated as an accomplice to fraud.
On the planned prosecution of candidates and other individuals involved in impersonation and use of mercenaries, the JAMB boss said the Board lacked the resources to ensure all of them are brought to book.
He said: “This year we have over 400 people that have already been caught, those that sat for the examination are different from those who are registering (in universities). We have put certain things in place and we are expecting each of the institutions to come forward.
“The institutions should be vigilant and we appeal to those young ones that the game is up. There is nothing they do that will not be detected.
“At the appropriate time, we should prosecute at least 200 out of the 400. What we intend to do is to pick like five from each of the states of the federation.”
On what it will cost the Board to ensure effective prosecution of identified suspects, Oloyede said the Board will have to spend at least N500,000 on each case (which will bring the amount to N100 million for 200 persons).
His words: “To prosecute one case you will have to spend nothing less than N500, 000 because your staff will be going from one place to the other. When they go to court, at times the court will not sit, you will go back as a witness, somebody travelling from Kano to Abuja or Abuja to Kano, will be going five times to do that.
“It cost a lot of money. Technology will give us all of them, we will now use federal character by picking across the states. And then prosecute, because we don’t have the resources to prosecute all of them.”
• Raises alarm over fraudulent CBT centres in Northern Nigeria
Speaking further, Oloyede lamented that the North is fast becoming the epicentre for JAMB examination fraud as the top 20 Computer Based Test (CBT) centres caught in the act of trying to change candidates picture and other details are all from Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Gombe, Bauchi, Borno and Sokoto states.
He, however, said some of the owners are not from the Northern states, citing a case of three CBT centres notorious for abetting such malpractices in Kano that are owned by a woman from a South-South state.
He said the arrest of Buhari Abubakar, a 2020 JAMB candidate, and Mohammed Ajeru Sanusi, a CBT centre operator in Kano, for trying to change the former passport, testified to the ability of JAMB to detect any such fraud in any institution.
The 27 years old Abubakar, who applied for Islamic Studies at BUK, told newsmen that he paid N21,500 to Sanusi to secure an exam taker for him with the promise of paying N4,500 balance, prompting the latter to engage one Umar Shani for N8,000 to sit for UTME on his behalf.
But the duo ran out of luck when Abubakar details in BUK carried the passport of the exam taker.
Abubakar’s decision to get the passport changed to reflect his image made him prevail on Sanusi to again help him out, a move that landed both of them in trouble.
Both Abubakar and Sanusi, who claimed not to know the implication of their actions, however, pleaded for mercy, with the latter vowing never to get close to anywhere or anything that has to do with UTME.
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