According to reports made available on Monday by the Bayelsa Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), it confirms the arrest of some cafe owners who are exploiting admission seekers who were making a purchase of their 2020 UTME Exam form.
9jatoday understands that the fixed and approved price by the JAMB management for the 2020 UTME form is N4,700, but the cyber operator refused to abide by this as they sell the form on a higher price far above the board price.
The State Commandant of NSCDC, Mrs Christiana Abiakam-Omanu reveals to NAN reporters that the arrest was made following complaints by JAMB officials to the command in Bayelsa.
She further explained that the NSCDC took into action after receiving the report during a visit to JAMB office in Yenagoa to monitor the ongoing registration for the 2020 UTME.
She said; “The NSCDC has been collaborating with JAMB in providing security for its examinations, materials and staff over the years and we have been involved in their operations. We got information from JAMB officials that some cybercafé operators were exploiting candidates and charging more than the approved N4,700 fees for the UTME.”
“Due to reports of sharp practices in the registration process, the Commandant-General of NSDC expanded the scope of our responsibilities to include the registration for the UTME examinations.
“We deployed personnel on surveillance and so far, three cybercafé operators involved in the syndicate charging students N6,000 and above for the purchase of the form are in our custody being interrogated before prosecution,” Abiakam-Omanu said.
Reacting further, Mrs Beatrice Ette-Nyiam, JAMB coordinator in Bayelsa State, said the board was worried that in spite of efforts by the Federal Government to make the examinations affordable people still exploited prospective candidates.
She said that the board received complaints from candidates that the 2020 UTME PINs were being sold for as much as N6,500 per candidate at cybercafés who were not permitted to sell JAMB PINs.
“The board does not have any dealing with cybercafés, we have accredited entities that generate and vend 2020 JAMB PINs and we suspect that the cybercafés are in collusion with them.
“We shall ensure that any of the approved PIN vendors involved in the illegal increase of the PINs would be sanctioned according to JAMB regulations and their approval revoked.
“The official cost of the 2020 UTME PIN is N3,500, Reading Text N500 and Service fee of N700 for the Computer Based Test, anything more than this is not acceptable to JAMB,” Ette-Nyiam said.