Some suspects who were allegedly caught while perpetrating certain irregularities in the ongoing registration for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations have reportedly confessed to spending over N 20 m to construct a radio platform with which they hacked into JAMB ’s registration portal .
Saturday PUNCH had reported that the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps arrested no less than five individuals who had deployed fake biometric capturing machines to register applicants .
The Spokesperson of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Dr . Fabian Benjamin , in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday, said, “These registration thieves deployed fake biometric capturing mechanisms and super -imposed registration slips 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 . ”
Benjamin disclosed that the fraudsters were arrested variously in Oyo, Ogun and Maiduguri by officers and men of the NSCDC and brought to Abuja .
During their interrogations in Abuja , Benjamin said, the suspects gave startling revelations of how they conducted their operations .
“While being paraded in the presence of the Commandant -General of NSCDC, Abdullahi Gana Mohamadu , the fraudsters confessed to numerous registration infractions that JAMB couldn ’t imagine,” Benjamin said.