The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says states in the northern part of the country are fast becoming epicentre for fraud in Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, disclosed this on Tuesday on Abuja during the parade of one Buhari Abubakar and Mohammed Sanusi nabbed for their involvement in exam fraud.
He, however, said some of the owners of Computer Based Test (CBT) centres are not from the North, citing a case of three centres notorious for abetting malpractices in Kano that are owned by a woman from a South-South state.
He said the arrest of Buhari Abubakar, a 2020 JAMB candidate and Mohammed Ajeru Sanusi, a CBT centre operator in Kano, for trying to change the former passport, testified to the ability of JAMB to detect any such fraud in any institution.
The 27 years old Abubakar, who illegally gained admission into Islamic Studies Department in Bayero University Kano (BUK), told newsmen that he paid N21,500 to Sanusi to secure an exam taker for him with the promise of paying N4, 500 balance, prompting the latter to engage one Umar Shani for N8, 000 to sit for UTME on his behalf.
But the duo ran out of luck when Abubakar details in BUK carried the passport of the exam taker.
Abubakar’s decision to get the passport change to reflect his image made him prevail on Sanusi to again help him out, a move that landed both of them in trouble.
Both Abubakar and Sanusi, who claimed not to know the implication of their actions, however, pleaded for mercy, with the latter vowing never to get close to anywhere or anything that has to do with UTME.
Speaking on the development, the JAMB boss lamented that majority of fraud incidents in UTME have moved from the South to North, saying all the top 20 CBT centres suspected to be involved in fraudulent activities in the 2020 UTME are all from the North, with those located in Kaduna and Kano topping the list.
The JAMB boss, said some candidates secured exam takers to write UTME for them in the centres, with the connivance of operators of the exam centres.
He listed the identified CBT centres with the highest recorded infractions in the country to include; Kaduna- Arewa Computer Training Institute, No 6 Gidan Garba Mai lyali, Tudun Wada, Zaria – 126 ; Alekwe Nigeria Ltd, Sardauna Memorial College, Unguwan Dosa, Kaduna-122; Kano: Rainbow Digital Technology, Rijiyar Zaki Opposite Dorawar Yan Kifi, Kano State-121; Katsina: Funtua Zonal Education Quality Assurance Office, CBT Centre, Funtua, Katsina State-108; Kaduna Amal Computers And Test Centre Nigeria Limited, 30 Matazu Road Opposite Ahrmadiyya Jummaat Mosque-106; Kano: Over-One Consult Amp Investment Limited Cbt Centre, No 85 Gandu Gra, Atiku Abubakar Road, Kano-101.
The list also includes Baytumaun Cbt Centre, Blue Crescent Schools, Mabera Area Sokoto, Sokoto State with 97 cases, Amnet Institute Of Information Technology, No. 13C, Hauren Shanu, Near Zone 1 Police HQ Before Kofar G, Kano with 97 cases, Ms World ICT Institute Of Information Technology, No 84, Airport Road, Opp Chediya Uku, Nomansland, Kano, among others.
Oloyede reminded tertiary institutions of the warning of Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, that any school that allows candidates to alter their UTME details in the course of registration risk being treated as accomplice to fraud.
He said : “This year we have over 400 people that have already been caught, who those that wrote the exam are different from those who are registering (in universities). We have put certain things in place and we are expecting each of the institutions to come forward.
“The institutions should be vigilant and we appeal to those young ones that the game is up. There is nothing they do that will not be detected.
“At the appropriate time we should prosecute at least 200 out of the 400. What we intend to do is to pick like five from each of the states of the federation.”