JAMB loses over N10m to fraudsters – registrar

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Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, the Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said the board lost over N10 million in 2020.

Oloyede told newsmen at the board’s headquarters on Wednesday in Abuja that the fraudsters penetrated the board’s payment portal for Adhoc staff.

He said that the money, which was meant to pay JAMB Adhoc staff from the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), was hijacked by the suspected fraudsters.

Oloyede, however, said that the board investigated the illegality, tracked and finally apprehended 10 of the suspects in Kaduna, Nasarawa and Abuja.

“We did not ask anyone to apply to be an Adhoc staff on the site, we had already chosen them through recommendations from various agencies.

Oloyede reiterated the board’s readiness to fight corrupt practices in its system, adding that some of the illegalities had prompted changes in the board’s mode of operations.

Mr Saidu Zubairu, one of the 10 apprehended suspects said that he got the code for the site through his friend (presently at large) and indulged others.

According to him, I succeeded in changing the original details in the site and asked eight other friends of mine to do same and they confirmed receipt of payment afterwards.

Zubairu said that he added the details of 12 family members to the site who were also paid above N300, 000.

He, however, pleaded that they be forgiven while promising to reimburse the money if given sufficient time.

In a similar development, Justina Adegoke, a final year student of Economics at the University of Abuja, said that she recently discovered she was given fake admission.

According to her, she came down to JAMB Computer Based Test (CBT) centre to address the challenge, only to be hijacked by a fraudster at one of the cyber cafes opposite the facility.

“He asked me what I wanted to do and I told him I wanted to create an email address to complete my admission process and he collected my phone to assist.

“I didn’t know that he diverted the mail and password from my phone to himself. All information was then intercepted by him.

“He then called me first to ask me to send N1000 airtime before he would send the information while claiming to be a staff of JAMB.

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“He later asked for N2000 and then N3000 to release the mail and password and threatened to deal with me if I refuse to cooperate.’’

Adegoke said that she couldn’t take it anymore and decided to come to JAMB headquarters to report and make her complaint known.

Moses Peter, who owned the cyber café, claimed not to be aware of the act he claimed was committed by one David Ahmed of Auchi polytechnic.

He said that he employed boys at random to go out and look for customers but was not aware of their fraudulent activities.

All suspects apprehended by the board had been handed over to security agents for further investigations.

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