Friday, 27 January 2017

JAMB, NSCDC to raid cyber cafe over UTME registration

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board
(JAMB) says it is embarking on a national raid
of cyber cafe, ahead of its Unified Tertiary
Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Dr Fabian Benjamin, JAMB’s Head, Media and
Information, told newsmen on Friday in Lagos
that the exercise would be jointly carried out
with the officials of the Nigeria Security and
Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
He said the raid was meant to smash the
operations of some syndicates operating cyber
cafes to print fake UTME registration numbers
and application documents to prospective
candidates.
According to him, four suspects have already
been apprehended in Ekiti for printing and
selling fake registration documents for the
2017 examination.
“This development is an eye-opener that same
could be happening in other parts of the
country.
“We shall, in collaboration with the NSCDC,
commence a national raid of all cyber cafe in
the country, any moment from now.
“We will not fold our arms and watch some
elements defraud Nigerians, parents in
particular, who desire education for their
children.
“These persons arrested in Ekiti were holed out
in their cyber café, where they have been
carrying out their illegal activities and had
defrauded prospective candidates to the tune
of over N10 million.
“We had a synergy with NSCDC, which led to
the discovery of serious illegal manipulation of
JAMB registration forms, numbers as well as
admission letters,’’ he said.
Benjamin warned prospective candidates
against handling information regarding the sale
of the registration documents to avoid falling
prey to the activities of the suspects.
“We had warned severally that we had yet to
commence the sales of the 2017 registration
documents, and that candidates should be
patient because we are putting finishing
touches to the entire examination process.
“This is because we want to tackle all the
hitches that had been associated with the
examination in the past years and make it
almost 100 per cent hitch-free.
“As soon as this is achieved, and we are set to
roll out the registration documents, we will do
massive sensitisation.
“Candidates must realise that no cyber cafe is
authorised to do any form of registration, as
candidates who defy this warning are doing so
at their own risk,’’ he said.