The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on Monday, April 15th, stated that it has uncovered and apprehended over 50 Professional Examination Writers who specialized in writing the examination for candidates for a fee in the ongoing UTME examinations.
JAMB’s weekly official bulletin, which is tagged JAMBULLETIN, signed by JAMB’s Head, Media and Information identified as Dr Fabian Benjamin disclosed this in Lagos State.
JAMB made it clear that it uncovered a group which labeled themselves as ‘Professional Examination Writers’ who specialises in writing examination for candidates for a fee.
According to the JAMBULLETIN, through the help of the various intelligence gathering mechanism, JAMB was able to uncover and apprehend over 50 of such fraudulent persons in centres spread across Nigeria.
The JAMBULLETIN noted that some of the arrested suspects were Master’s Degree holders and undergraduates of tertiary institutions in the country.
The bulletin also made it clear that these professional examination writers worked hand in hand with some Computer Based Centre owners to exhibit the crime by participating in multiple registrations whereby the fingerprints of the actual candidates and their impersonators are captured side by side.
The Bulletin said:
“The modus operandi of these UTME syndicates was confirmed when one of the kingpins was apprehended recently. On interrogation, he confessed to the multiple registrations of his biometrics alongside other several potential candidates preparing to sit for the examination, in exchange for a huge sum of money.
“This development led to the decision of the board to revalidate all biometrics of candidates that have taken the board’s examination in recent times. This timely action will enable the board to not only fish out and dismantle this registration cartels and racketeers but also bring them to book along with their collaborators.”