JAMB decries incessant admission fraud, warns institutions
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Tuesday said the rate of fraud perpetuated in admissions processing in Nigerian institutions was alarming.
JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, decried the situation during a news briefing at the board’s Headquarters on Tuesday in Abuja.
Oloyede disclosed that over 400 candidates currently seeking admissions into institutions across the country were involved in admissions fraud.
He added that unfortunately, some tertiary institutions were accomplices in the irregularities, condemning the influx of fraudulent Computer Based Test (CBT) centres in parts of the country.
According to him, there were lots of CBT infractions currently being treated by the board with some having multiple cases of up to 96 irregularities.
He also said that compromised tertiary institutions were engaging in change of photographs and biometrics of candidates, which allows impersonation, contrary to an earlier directive by the Federal Government.
Oloyede warned that any public institution that violates the directive would be treated as an accomplice, named and shamed, while private institutions could have their licenses withdrawn.
He said: ” This year, we have over 400 people that were caught, where those who wrote the exams were different from those who applied.
We are waiting for the institutions to report activities of the fraudsters to us,” he said.
” 200 of the candidates would be prosecuted, one from each state of the federation because the board does not have the resources to prosecute all the 400 candidates.
” This is because prosecuting a candidate would cost the board over N500,000.”
He urged institutions to look inwards and monitor the activities of their ICT staff, while also warning candidates to desist from fraudulent changes on JAMB portal as the board monitors all activities on it.