Maryam Abeeb, Abuja
Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) paraded 38 Computer Centres across the country that has engaged in cybercrime which would greatly affect the chances of “innocent” candidates in the coming 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
According to JAMB, some of the CBT center operators were found to have extended their unique Virtual Private Network (VPN) access codes to unaccredited locations and computer systems contrary to rules of engagement
The de-listed centres were originally supposed to register students planning to sit for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination(UTME)
The closure of the centres followed various infractions, including extortion uncovered by the Board
The affected centres are in Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta, Katsina, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ondo, Oyo and Rivers.
Three centres in Adamawa, Delta and Enugu were also asked by JAMB to suspend the registration process over allegation of extortion of candidates either directly or by proxy.
Four other CBT centres in Gombe, Niger, Osun, and Zamfara were directed to stop registration for technical deficiency during third party examination, that is aptitude test conducted on behalf of other organizations.
Some of the suspected persons that masterminded these fraud were invited to the JAMB headquarter in Abuja, where they were paraded before security officers, drawn from the Nigerian Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC.
.Meanwhile between January 17-January 23, 2020 JAMB has raked in N2.27 billion as proceeds from sales of forms to candidates and conduct of independent examination for other organizations.
The Board said the extension and some other infractions were done without the consent of JAMB, and neither were the candidates aware they were engaged in illegal registration which would automatically deny access to the examination hall on their scheduled date.
JAMB Registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, expressed disappointment that the fraudulent activities of CBT center operators and promised to prosecute them to serve as a deterrent to other CBT operators who might want to engage in irregularities.
Oloyede disclosed that JAMB was able to detect the cybercrime due to its sophisticated technology which has placed JAMB ahead of the fraudulent activities of CBT center operators anywhere in Nigeria.
He said that an exact number of affected candidates are yet unknown, but the system put in place would detect the candidates, and also deny them entry into the examination hall.
However, he assured affected candidates that its system is looking into the discovery and the affected CBT centers would be sanctioned, while the fate of affected candidates would be looked into so that their chances would not be ruin by the inordinate ambition of CBT center operators.
Oloyede advised candidates to visit accredited CBT centers and quit patronizing people who disguise as helpers or assistants who would end up defrauding them and ruining their chances of having a stress-free experience.
He said: “On examination day, many candidates and their parents would besiege CBT centers, shouting and accusing JAMB of being incompetent. Many of them would confess that they patronise unregistered locations. But our system always detects these infractions and punishment applied.”