Bwari (FCT) – The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board
(JAMB), said on Saturday that it arrested six persons over
alleged illegal registration and sale of 2017 Unified Tertiary
Matriculation Examination (UTME) materials.
Dr Fabian Benjamin, Head of Public Relations of JAMB, made
this in a statement issued in Abuja.
According to him, the suspects were arrested by Nigeria
Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for various
registration infractions in the ongoing 2017 UTME.
“The fraudsters were arrested from various locations across the
country where they were perpetuating their nefarious activities.
“They were arrested from Oyo, Ogun and Maiduguri by officers
and men of the NSCDC and brought to Abuja where startling
revelations of their operations were made.
“The suspects confessed in the presence of Alhaji Abdullahi
Mohamadu, Commandant-General of NSCDC, about the
numerous registration infractions that the Board couldn’t
“Some of these registration suspects are Computer-Based Test
(CBT) centres owners licensed by JAMB to conduct registration
exercise for the candidates planning to take the forthcoming
The Board on April 2, arrested 25 persons over illegal
registration and sale of 2017 UTME materials, as such bringing
the total number of suspects arrested to 31 so far.
He described as worrisome the massive investment by E-Kindle
CBT centres to penetrate the airtel system the Board often used
to perpetrate all forms of wholesome practices.
Benjamin mentioned that the suspects registered candidates
without proper biometric, which means such candidates would
have problems with their details during examination if not
He, however, decried the practice by people from some quota in
the country to thwart JAMB efforts, under Prof. Is-haq Oloyede,
to conduct credible UTME and fights against examination
The spokesman listed some locations from which the suspects
carried out their operations to include include Oyo, Ogun and
Kwara states respectively.
He noted that although the Board gave access code to
accredited CBT centres to partake in the registration, router that
was meant for Abia was being used in Maiduguri to register