Five persons were reported to have been arrested by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for hacking into the Board’s registration system and perpetrating various registration fraud in the ongoing JAMB 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
It was learnt that some of the suspects are licensed owners of JAMB CBT Centres.
The suspects were arrested in Oyo, Ogun and Borno States by officers and men of the NSCDC and brought to Abuja where they are being interrogated.
According to JAMB spokesman, Dr Fabian, what is more worrisome is the fact that these suspects invested heavily just to penetrate the Airtel system JAMB is using to perpetrate all forms of unwholesome practices.
“From investigation at the headquarters of the NSCDC, it was clear that they had powerful men backing them to thwart the efforts of JAMB. If not, how will you justify them spending over N20 million to construct a radio platform just to hack into the Board’s registration exercise if not to destroy the entire system and put JAMB in bad light?”
“They register candidates without proper biometric and super-imposed registration slip just to satisfy the curiosity of innocent candidates that their registration was successful and on the day of examination such candidates data would either be edited,or not found on the JAMB data base, such candidates would not be verified during the examination proper.”
“In Maiduguri, the Board discovered that their router meant for Abia was being used in Maiduguri to register candidates
“Unknown to them, the access codes are personalised coupled with features to detect abuses aimed at circumventing the registration process. They fraudulently tried to manipulate the system to give a semblance of the Board platform to deceive candidates as if a valid registration have been carried out.”