The Joint Board of Admissions and Enrollment (JAMB) has delisted more than 22 computer-based testing (CBT) centers for allegedly defrauding 11,823 of their applicants to the tune of N59 million.
Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar of JAMB, made this known during a virtual meeting with representatives of the affected centers on Thursday.
Oloyede said the centers carried out the fraud by charging candidates more than the stipulated amount for making the profile correction and omitting the one-time password (OTP) that candidates are required to initiate such changes.
He said all 22 centers in nine states were prosecuted for the violations, adding that any centers that shared the same property with those affected were also being suspended from all JAMB activities.
“The purpose of convening this meeting is to interact with 22 institutions that have seriously violated the Board’s prescription, particularly during COVID-19, and those that have done things they were not expected to do, endangering the lives of the candidates who they were supposed to do. to protect.
“Not only that, we have discovered that the 22 of you have also disappointed candidates by charging them more than they are expected to collect and doing certain things that will avoid the normal process and procedure.
“We have invited you to this meeting to hear from you and also to let the public know how some of you are engaging in criminal activity in the candidate registration process.
“There are some of you who can even be classified as certified scammers.”
The registrar also noted that the owners of the affected CBT centers would also be prosecuted as the Board had reversed the changes made illegally by the affected candidates.
Oloyede recommended to these candidates that they change their passwords to avoid further damage following the exposure of the secret code to the operators of the CBT centers now blacklisted.
The head of JAMB therefore regretted that all the owners of the affected CBT centers were from one section of the country, saying such behavior of stripping innocent and non-innocent candidates of various amounts of money under the pretext of effecting changes in the registration details portends danger. For the country.
“Some of you were collecting N3,000, N5,000 from the candidates for an amount that is supposed to be N200 as a service charge for the center.
“What he has collected exceeds 59 million naira. JAMB has concrete evidence of the violations because we insufficiently covered the payments to the centers to actually detect the fraud they were perpetrating. “
Meanwhile, a representative from the Duntro CBT center, Mr. David Ugochukwu blamed the illegal act on his technical staff, saying they had been fired from the organization.
Ugochukwu claimed that he had previously written to JAMB to inform them of the violations identified in the registration application that could allow the OTP to bypass in correcting the candidates’ data in their absence by submitting their passwords.
Other CBT representatives who spoke at the meeting, apologized and admitted the illegal activities, but blamed the problem on technical staff.
The affected CBT centers are Bright Stars, Aba, Abia State, 68 candidates; Flourish Computing Center, Akwa Ibom-105 State; Ibom-E-Library, Akwa Ibom-12; Chukwuemeka University Odumegwu, Igbariam -661. Anambra State; Deacons Digital Solutions Ltd. -96; Federal polyethylene, Oko 314, Mega Dataview, Onitsha-733.
Others include the Bayelsa state; Linnet Paul Innovative Institute, Yenagoa-3435; Niger Delta University-1200; Edo State: Diict, Benin-81; Gateway Edutech, Benin-10; Science and technology from talented hands, Benin-223; NABTEB ICT Training Center, Benin-291; Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa-670 and Supreme ICT Foundation, Benin-22.
Others are the state of Enugu: Elco ICT, Nsukka-538; Peaceland and Stalwart Solutions, Enugu-554; Union ICT-773; Kaduna State: TIC Online Time, Sabon Tasha, Kaduna-67: Lagos State: Duntro High School, Surulere-21; Elite BusinessConsult, Ikorodu 218 and Rivers State: Ave Maria International Academy, Rumuodara, Port Harcourt-1731.