The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has paraded two of its staff for extorting money and promising to secure admissions for candidates who sat for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
A level 12 officer with JAMB’s office in Delta State, Mr Andy Okoro, who claimed to have engaged in the fraudulent act due to economic hardship agreed to have collected N500,000 from the parents of four candidates’, out of which he paid N180,000 to a colleague, Gambo Ibrahim Abba, to help facilitate their admission.
But Gambo, level 8 officer at JAMB headquarters maintained his involvement was not ordinary, claiming he may have been hypnotized by Okoro whom he got to know via phone last year through a third party. to engage in the shady deals.
Gambo said: “It was not ordinary, he was just calling me, I don’t know him, he lured me into this when he convinced me that he has been into it for a long time.”
Disappointed in both staff for defying the Board’s zero tolerance for corruption, Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, vowed to ensure they face the full wrath of the law.
While warning parents and candidates to be cautious and not fall prey to fraudsters on the guise of helping them secure admission to their choice institution, he said the Board’s system was now fully automated.
“Anybody who engages in sharp practices, no matter who the person is, shall not be protected by the Board because the Board has zero tolerance for corruption.
“The admission exercise into tertiary institutions has been automated, therefore anybody working in JAMB or anybody who has good calculation, who knows what admission process is, can predict who can be admitted because it has been automated.
“What is happening now is that people know those that will be admitted, because they know by the automation this person could be admitted, and they now go and be extorting the parents of those that have already been slated for admission.
“We need to let the public know that there is no halfway to admission, nobody should bribe or give any amount to anybody whether they are JAMB staff or they are not JAMB staff. Anybody who solicit money from any parent, the parent should inform the Board.”
Meanwhile, a tutorial centre operator, Bayo Olajide, has been nabbed for collecting N6,500 as registration fees from would-be UTME candidates even before JAMB commenced sales of form for the 2021 exercise.
Olajide who owns Perfect Tutors centre in Koroduma, Oneman Village, Nasarawa State, however admitted to have received the money from only one person,
According to him, out of the N6,500 he collected, N4,700 was for the anticipated registration JAMB fee while charges for lecture and others account for the balance.
JAMB’s Head of Media, Dr Fabian Benjamin who advised parents and students there was no short cut to success, said Olajide’s highest qualification was ‘O’ Level.
“He has been collecting money from candidates in the name of 2021 UTME registration, and you all know we have not commenced the registration.
“He was arrested and when asked, he claimed he is a tutorial person, that he has been teaching candidates for the exam, but the tragedy of the story is that himself is not even qualified to sit for the exam.
“These tutorial centres are used to collect money from candidates and perpetrate exam malpractices.
“Parents should know there is no shortcut to success. He is collecting N6,500 from candidates even when the JAMB fee is not even up to that amount.”