Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar of JAMB

JAMB blacklists 22 CBT centres for defrauding candidates (See Full List)

*There are some of you (CBTs) who can even be classified as certified fraudsters, says JAMB Registrar

*22 delisted CBTs defrauded 11,823 candidates N59 million, to face prosecution

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

For committing a fraud by charging examination candidates more than the stipulated amount for effecting correction on profile and bypassing One-Time Password (OTP) required of candidates to initiate such changes, Nigeria’s Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has delisted over 22 Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres.

Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar of JAMB, who disclosed this in a virtual meeting with representatives of the affected centres Thursday, August 27 stated that the delisted CBT centres defrauded 11,823 UTME candidates to the tune of N59 million.

According to Prof. Oloyede, examination centres perpetrated the fraud by charging candidates more than stipulated amount for effecting correction on profile and bypassing OTP required of candidates to effect such changes.

It was gathered that the affected centres from nine states were indicted for the infractions.

Any centre that shared the same ownership with the affected ones also stood being suspended from all JAMB activities, report stated.

Oloyede said: “The purpose of calling this meeting is to interact with 22 institutions that have grossly violated the prescription of the Board, particularly during COVID-19, and those who had done things not expected to do thereby endangering the lives of candidates they were supposed to protect.

“We have discovered that the 22 centres also defrauded candidates by collecting from them more than you are expected to collect and doing certain things that will bypass the normal process and procedure.

“We have invited you to this meeting to hear you out and also let the public know how some of you are engaging in criminal activities in the process of registering candidates.

“There are some of you who can even be classified as certified fraudsters.”

The affected CBT centres are Bright Stars, Aba, Abia State ─68 candidates; Flourish Computer Centre, Akwa Ibom State ─105; Ibom-E-Library, Akwa Ibom ─12; Chukwuemeka Odumegwu University, Igbariam ─661; Deacons Digital Solutions Limited ─96; Federal Polytechnic, Oko ─314; and Mega Dataview, Onitsha ─733.

Others include Linnet Paul Innovative Institute, Yenagoa ─3,435; Niger Delta University ─1,200; DIICT, Benin City ─81; Gateway Edutech, Benin City ─10; Gifted Hands Science and Technology, Benin city ─223; NABTEB ICT Training Centre, Benin City ─291; Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa ─670 and Supreme ICT Foundation, Benin ─22.

Other affected CBTs are Elco ICT, Nsukka ─538; Peaceland and Stalwart Solutions, Enugu ─554; Union ICT ─773; Time online ICT, Sabon Tasha, Kaduna ─67; Duntro High School, Surulere, Lagos ─21; Elite Business Consult, Ikorodu ─218; and Ave Maria International Academy, Rumuodara, Port Harcourt, in Rivers State ─1,731.

He as well noted that the affected CBT centre-owners would also be prosecuted as the Board had reversed the changes done illegally by affected candidates.

The Registrar has advised such candidates to change their passwords in order to prevent further damage following exposure of the secret code to operators of the now blacklisted CBT centres.

Oloyede lamented that such behaviour of fleecing both innocent and not innocent candidates of several amounts of money under the guise of effecting changes in registration details portends danger for the country.

“Some of you were collecting N3,000 and N5,000 from candidates for an amount that is supposed to be N200 as service charge for the centre.

“What you have collected is over N59 million. JAMB has concrete proof of the infractions because we under covered payments to the centres in order to actually detect the fraud that was being perpetrated by them,’’ disclosed the Registrar.

Mr. David Ugochukwu, a representative of Duntro CBT Centre, however, blamed the illegal act on his technical staff, saying that they have been sacked from the organisation.

According to report, Mr. Ugochukwu claimed he had earlier written to JAMB to inform the Board of the identified breaches in the registration application that might allow the bypass of OTP in the correction of candidates’ data in their absence with the submission of their passwords.

Other CBT representatives, who participated in the virtual meeting apologised and admitted to the fraudulent activities.

But they also blamed the problem on their technical staff as Ugochukwu explained to the Board.

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