Police arrest 25 for illegal sale of UTME materials

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board says it has added Remita and Interswitch, two online payment solutions to the list of banks mandated to register candidates for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

Also, the police have arrested 25 people for alleged illegal sale of UTME materials across the country.

It said that the inclusion of the two web payment systems was to ease registration for candidates.

The Head of Information, JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said this in a telephone interview with one of our correspondents on Sunday. He was reacting to widespread complaints by prospective candidates of their inability to obtain pin needed for registration.

Benjamin expressed confidence that “’every eligible candidate would be registered’’ by the April 19 deadline, adding that the board had registered 600,000 candidates in 10 days.

“We have introduced Remita and Interswitch to ease registration. This is in addition to more than 17 banks that are registering candidates. We used to have three banks in the past. We registered 600,000 candidates in 10 days and if we go on at this pace, it means we would have registered 1.2million in 20 days. We want Nigerians to be patient and every eligible candidate will be registered by April 19, when the registration will close.’’

Benjamin also urged prospective candidates to report centres that were charging N10,000 for registration, adding that many people had been arrested.

Meanwhile, about 25 persons were on Saturday arrested across the country for illegally selling registration materials for the 2017 UTME.

This was according to the Registrar/Chief Executive of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede.

Their arrest came 10 days after the commencement of the sale of forms for the 2017 UTME which would last till April 20.

The culprits were apprehended by a combined team of the anti-corruption and transparency unit in JAMB; the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Nigeria Police Force, following intelligence information.

Among the registration materials being sold by the suspects were copies of the UTME e-brochure and e-syllabus.

JAMB said the e-brochure and e-syllabus which were meant to be free were being sold for as high as N800, while the suspects were, at the same time, inflating the cost of registration.

Oloyede, in an interview with journalists in his office shortly after the arrest of the suspects, said those nabbed were people “doing what they are not supposed to do, by charging the candidates higher than expected.”


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