The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has handed over 38 operators of various Computer Based Test (CBT) centres from six geopolitical zones to law enforcement officers for their alleged involvement in cyber crime using the Virtual Private Network (VPN).
VPN is a private network which if extended can enable a public users connect to the VPN as a public network to send and receive data across as if their computing services were directly connected to the private network.
The operators that were apprehended were accused of extending the VPN to illegal outposts for registration of some candidates for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and those seeking admission through Direct Entry (DE).
After a private interaction between the JAMB Registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, and one of the arrested CBT operators at the board’s headquarters in Bwari, he revealed that some candidates registered fictitious names and National Identity Numbers (NIN) with JAMB through staff of the CBT centres.
More so, the fate of all UTME/DE candidates who knowingly or unknowingly registered at illegal registration centres is presently unknown, as there have been no clear indication whether they would be allowed to sit for this year’s examinations or other arrangements would be set aside to re-capture them.
Professor Is-haq Oloyede, the JAMB Registrar had this to say;
“An average parent does not want the child to queue even for 10 minutes. They will prefer that they will go and pay this people extra money and they will claim to have done it for them not knowing the incalculable damage that they are doing to their own children.
“Even if we have destroyed our own generation, let the incoming generations have the opportunity of building a better tomorrow for us and that’s our position. As far as we are concerned, a prima facie case of cyber crime has been established against them.
“The appropriate security agencies will take over from here and deal with the matter. They will go and give their statements to the law enforcement agencies. Ours is just to arrest them; we can’t say they will go to prison. It’s beyond us; it’s the judge who will determine that. We have done our own part, but please help us appeal to candidates and their parents to go through the normal process.”