JAMB moves to prosecute examination cheats, fraudulent centres

*The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board discloses it handed over some fraudulent operators of cybercafés’, tutorial centres, and others to security agents for prosecution in Ilorin at the weekend

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

In its continued efforts at protecting the integrity of the Board’s examinations while discouraging unwholesome activities of fraudulent operators of registration and examination tutorial centres, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said it will continue to clamp down on certain cybercafés’ and centres.

The Board noted this is because such centres have specialised in defrauding unsuspecting candidates during registration for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Nigeria.

The regulatory body disclosed that it noted with dismay, the unwholesome activities of fraudulent operators of cybercafés, tutorial centres and other entities, which have formed the habit of deceiving helpless candidates through the use of the Board’s logo and name to perpetrate exam frauds.

Dr. Fabian Benjamin, Head of Public Affairs and Protocols of JAMB, in a statement issued in Abuja, FCT, noted Professor Is-haq Oloyede, Registrar of the Board, said this in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, at the weekend while handing over some operators of cybercafés’, tutorial centres and other such operators to security agents for prosecution.

Prof. Oloyede stated that the stock-in-trade of these “unscrupulous elements” was to lure innocent candidates to part with their money under the deceptive guise of registering them for the 2021/22 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) application documents.

The JAMB Registrar said: “It is a criminal offence for one to use the Board’s name and logo when one is not licensed by the Board to do so for any reason.”

During the engagement, Oloyede warned that the Board would no longer tolerate the antics of such platforms, which he said were used as ‘incubators’ for grooming examination infractors who use the name and logo of the Board to lend credence to their unwholesome activities.

“Anybody not licensed by the Board to register candidates and who goes ahead to print banners advertising the Board’s services would be arrested and prosecuted,” said he.

According to the Registrar, henceforth, JAMB and the various security agencies would be combing the streets across the country to ensure such activities of fraudulent elements are curtailed.

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