By Sodiq Adelakun
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Monday announced that it caught some culprits who were engaged in registration infractions for the 2023 registration process of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Direct Entry examinations.
This was made known in a statement issued by the board by the head of media and publicity, Dr Fabian Benjamin.
It was gathered that the board had earlier noted that it would not allow infractions and other forms of impersonation during the 2023 registration exercise.
While giving details in the statement, the board said, “The 2023 Registration Monitoring Team of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) led by its Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, was in Kano State earlier in the week, where the team nabbed the registration officers of some accredited Computer-Based Test Centres for registration infractions.
“One of the culprits, a corp member, who is serving at the Federal College of Education, Kano, and engaged by the College PTDF-ICT CBT Centre; and a graduate of Engineering, who also works at the Centre as a registration officer, were caught after they had added one of their fingers to complete the ten fingers of some candidates they registered.
“The team also apprehended four other registration officers at Butale Information Technology CBT Centre.
“All the arrested registration officers would be profiled and prosecuted if necessary in line with relevant laws guiding identity theft.”
The board also noted that the team was earlier in Lagos to monitor the registration exercise in the State. It was in Lagos that the team ordered the immediate suspension of 4 ePIN vendors for extortion of innocent candidates participating in the ongoing 2023 UTME registration exercise nationwide.
It was also disclosed that, “One of the e-pin vendors was suspended for selling registration form N7,800 against the approved N5700 by JAMB.”
Oloyede was quoted to have described the acts of these vendors as very unfortunate, particularly the involvement of one of the major and otherwise respected banks.
The Board also announced that it would in conjunction with the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission and other relevant agencies, continue to monitor the registration exercise across the country to ensure that Nigerians, who desire to participate In the exercise are not exploited, frustrated, or misled into mutilating their data.