Ahead of the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), the Joint Adminstration and Matriculation Board, JAMB has indicted 38 centres for registration cyber fraud.
The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede made this known at a meeting with the 38 CBT centres owners in Abuja.
Prof Oloyede explained that, the indicted 38 CBT centre owners used their registered computers to engage in fraudulent acts by extending their Virtual Private Network VPN to another computer centers not included with those registered with JAMB, knowing that candidates registered in such centers would have problem during the JAMB exams.
The affected centres cuts across states like 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 headquarters in Abuja, on Wednesday, where they were paraded before security officers, drawn from the Nigerian Police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC.
Recall that JAMB recently accused some indigenous banks of conniving with CBT operators to defraud unsuspecting candidates by charging them above the stipulated fees.
Recall also that owing to alleged irregularities on the part of officials of the National Identity Management Commission, JAMB announced the suspension of National Identity Number (NIN) which it had declared as mandatory for all candidates in the 2020 UTME.
Last week, a 65-year old man, Ambrose Okogwa who was arrested by men of the NSCDC for selling the 2020 UTME and Direct Entry (DE) application documents above the prescribed fees.
While parading him before newsmen in Abuja, Okogwa said he was ignorant of the instructions laid down by the Board.
The principal suspect was apprehended alongside Fidelis Imafidon (50yrs) at Andy Bookshop and Cafe located at No 159 Umunede road in Delta state for selling the forms at N5500.
According to the Delta State NSCDC Commandant, Benito Eze, the suspects were arrested based on a tip off by the corps undercover operatives, who in the company of JAMB officials, went to purchase the application documents as candidates.
Meanwhile between January 11 and 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.