CBT exam centres defraud candidates of N59m - JAMB

CBT center has defrauded candidates who sat for the 2020 exams
Ernest Sunday

The officials of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has revealed that over 11,823 candidates who sat for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) lost a total of 59 million to Computer-Based Centres (CBT) through illegal charges.

The board disclosed the fraud charges by the centres on Thursday during a virtual meeting with representatives of the affected centres in Abuja.

According to JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede the board discovered that over 22 computer-based centres allegedly defrauded over 11,823 of its candidates an amount summed up to N59 million.

He said the centres charged candidates more than the required amount for effecting corrections on profile and bypassing of a One-Time Password that is required of candidates to initiate any changes.

Prof. Oloyede reported that 22 centres in nine states were victims of the frauding and all the centres are suspended from any JAMB activities.

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

“Not only that, we have discovered that the 22 of you have also defrauded candidates by collecting from them more than you are expected to collect and doing certain things that would 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 that can even be classified as certified fraudsters.”

Prof. Oloyede added that all changes that were made illegally by the centres had been revised and those candidates would not be affected. He also urged candidates to change their password to avoid any damages on their profile by the fraudsters.

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

"What you have collected is over N59 Million.”

A representative to one of the affected CBT centres David Ugochukwu apologised on the incident and blamed his technical staff on the illegal act.

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. Anambra State;

Deacons Digital Solutions Ltd-96; Federal Poly, Oko 314, Mega Dataview, Onitsha-733. Others are Bayelsa State; Linnet Paul Innovative Institute, Yenagoa- 3435; Niger Delta University-1200; Edo State: Diict, Benin-81; Gateway Edutech,

Benin-10; Gifted Hands science and Technology, Benin-223; NABTEB ICT Training Centre, Benin-291; Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa-670 and Supreme ICT Foundation, Benin-22.

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