Some years again, former registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, began a gradual means of introducing the computer-based take a look at (CBT) system in conducting college matriculation examinations. 

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Ojerinde, shortly sooner than he was relieved of his duties in August 2016, achieved the strategy that ended the outdated observe of pen and paper, which had lasted over three a very long time. Thereafter, JAMB’s operations went digital. Larger effectivity, transparency and accountability had been enhanced.

Nonetheless, it obtained right here completely totally different challenges associated to experience.

Private operators of CBT centres are key players inside the practice. Nonetheless, inside the phrases of JAMB registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, a number of of them have developed into a provide of nightmare for the organisation, sabotaging its efforts.

Oloyede has repeatedly described among the many CBT centre operators as a severe provide of headache for JAMB.

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Nonetheless we’re continuously ahead of them with our refined experience,” he acknowledged.

Oloyede acknowledged he was pained that among the many CBT centre operators have mastered the art work of creating points for JAMB and its candidates all through the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration and examinations.

He alleged that, all through registration, among the many operators engage in extortion and defrauding 1000’s of candidates, thereby ruining their chances of having stress-free experience all through the examination.

Oloyede acknowledged: “A couple of of them profit from the ignorance of the candidates to defraud and mislead them. I moreover blame the candidates for allowing themselves to be cheated by the CBT centres. We have provided data on our website online and totally different varieties of communication for his or her use. We moreover developed mobile capabilities for his or her use, nonetheless, they didn’t each use them or are unaware of them.”

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He acknowledged JAMB, after each UTME practice, evaluations the strategy and upgrades its packages to cowl the loopholes. Nonetheless, the CBT centre operators, he well-known, are on a regular basis searching for options to bypass the strategy for selfish good factors.

There was some mild drama on the JAMB headquarters in Bwari, Abuja, early inside the week when JAMB busted the unscrupulous actions of some CBT centre operators.

The CBT operators had been innocently invited to Abuja from all through Nigeria. They did not suspect one thing untoward. They did not know that their “cup had developed into full and working over” ensuing from fraud that was detected by the fragile system deployed by JAMB to watch the 2020 UTME practice.

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Higher than 30 of them began to achieve Abuja a day sooner than the meeting, with hopes of fantastic info or greater options ahead of the 2020 UTME, not determining that numerous them would not return to the comfort of their properties that day.

With cheerful countenance, Oloyede, who had sooner than the day made security preparations, welcomed them and gave them just a little bit thought of why they had been invited for the meeting. The JAMB registrar reminded them that, sooner than the commencement of the sale of the 2020 UTME software program paperwork, accredited CBT centres had been invited for a gathering.

“At that meeting, we usually have open discussions, and the possibility is given to each particular person to make a contribution and suggestions. In the long term, we reached a settlement on the roles of the CBT centres as regards registration of candidates and the examination right. Nonetheless, numerous you, deliberately or in another case, choose to violate the foundations, thereby sabotaging our efforts, complicating the system and ruining the chances of innocent candidates having stress-free experience all through the examination.

“Some days previously, our system detected a model new trick being deployed by some CBT centre operators in states that may vastly affect the chances of innocent candidates inside the coming 2020 UTME. Aside from the reality that a number of of you price above the accepted fees, numerous the CBT centre operators devoted additional fraud as detected by our system.

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Among the many CBT centre operators had been found to have extended their distinctive digital private group (VPN) entry codes to unaccredited areas and laptop computer packages, reverse to the foundations of engagement.


“It gives to that, the system discovered that among the many CBT centre operators moreover registered laptop computer packages that are not theirs with fictitious names, nationwide id amount (NIN) and likewise geared up quite a few false data to our officers all through the CBT centre accreditation.

“Such extensions and one other infraction detected by our system had been achieved with out the consent of JAMB, and neither had been the candidates aware that they had been engaged in illegal registration, which could vastly affect them all through the examination and even deny them entry to the examination hall on their scheduled date.

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“When our system alerted us, we quickly mobilised competent workers and related security brokers with them so they could go to the areas to confirm our suspicion. Lo and behold, our suspicions had been confirmed. Over 38 CBT centre operators had been arrested for cyber fraud.”

The implications, in step with the JAMB boss, is that, on the examination day, 1000’s of candidates that had been fraudulently registered by the implicated CBT centres would not have the power to purchase entry to the examination hall because of the fingerprints would not be authenticated by biometric devices.

“On the examination day, you’ll notice candidates and their mom and father, in some cases, would besiege CBT centres and JAMB workplaces, shouting and accusing JAMB of being incompetent. Nonetheless, numerous them would in no way confess that they patronise unregistered areas all through registration. However, our system would on a regular basis to detect infractions and adequate punishment utilized,” he acknowledged.

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The JAMB registrar, who paraded among the many fraudulent CBT centre operators in Abuja, expressed disappointment on the fraudulent actions that they’d been perpetrating. He pledged to prosecute them to operate a deterrent to totally different CBT operators who may have to engage in irregularities.

He mentioned that JAMB was ready to detect the cyber-crime ensuing from its refined experience, which he acknowledged positioned JAMB ahead of the fraudulent actions of CBT centre operators anyplace in Nigeria.

Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who paraded the suspects yesterday on the board’s headquarters in Bwari, Abuja, acknowledged 48 pc techniques used for the crime had been confiscated. Oloyede acknowledged among the many centre homeowners had been arrested for illegally extending their Digital Private Neighborhood (VPN) to unregistered centres, thereby using them to defraud candidates.

Oloyede, who acknowledged the suspects had been tracked down after the board discovered the illegal acts, regretted that the idea of using the Nationwide Identification Amount (NIN) for registration of candidates was suspended.

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In accordance with him, unsuspecting candidates who had been registered for the examination using the illegal approach is probably negatively affected as they may not sit for the examination.

One in all many suspects, Mr. Philip Agene, an proprietor of a CBT centre in Rivers State, whereas responding to the allegation, agreed that his centre used fictitious names and Nationwide Identification Numbers (NIN) to extend service to the place they had been used to commit fraud.

Oloyede acknowledged the board would these 12 months beam its searchlight additional on centre homeowners to cease such illegal actions and extortion of candidates.

He outlined that the exact number of affected candidates had been however unknown nonetheless the system put in place would shortly detect them. The affected CBT centres might be sanctioned, whereas the future of affected candidates might be appeared into so that their chances would not be ruined by the inordinate ambition of some CBT centre operators.

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And with just some days left for candidates to register for the 2020 UTME, the registrar prompt candidates go to accredited CBT centres and cease patronizing people who disguise as helpers or assistants nonetheless would end up defrauding them and ruining their chances of having stress-free experience.

Oloyede invited the CBT centre operators in, one after one different to make clear their offences to them. Whereas a number of of them owned as a lot as the offences, some others insisted they in no way devoted such cyber-crime and had been unaware of such fraudulent actions.

Those who argued had been confirmed their offences by way of JAMB’s refined monitoring system that shows the entire actions of CBT centre operators anyplace in Nigeria.

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Queenta N. Duru Irukahttp://www.evergreennewsonline.com
A certified Senior Reporter/Advert Executive Evergreennewoline, Creative Writer/Graphic Designer/Political Analysts/ Entrepreneur & Fashionista



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