The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board on Wednesday ordered three licensed Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres owners in Kano to produce six suspected fraudsters including a final year student of law discovered to have registered 36 candidates with their thumb print.
The Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Is’haq Oloyede gave the order shortly after inspecting some CBT centres conducting the ongoing 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination e- registration in Kano.
He said the owners of the CBT centres had also been directed to bring the suspected fraudsters to Abuja where they would be handed over to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offences (ICPC) for prosecution.
The JAMB Boss explained that the suspects were discovered to have fraudulently registered no fewer than 36 candidates with their thumb print, which means the affected candidates will have problems during the examination.
He said some of the CBT approved centres from which these criminal elements were discovered include Federal College of Education Kano Centre, Rubby Centre and Butale Info Tech Centre where three suspects registered 34 candidates with their thumb print.
Any affected centre owner that failed to bring the suspects to Abuja should have himself to blame as the board would not fold its arms and some disgruntled elements to continue to sabotage its effort.
“How people in a bid impersonate candidates during examinations have been substituting candidates’ fingerprints. We have seen three places where we showed them evidence of their sharp practices and almost all of them confessed what they did.
“Instead of registering 10 fingerprints of the candidates, they put their own so that they will have access to the examination,” he said.
He noted that some suspects connived with the candidates to perpetrate the illegal act, adding that the board will ensure that all those found guilty of the offence were prosecuted in order to serve as a deterrent to others.
He, however, called on candidates and their parents to be very vigilant because according to him there is no reason why any candidate should allow any other person to add his own finger prints when doing biometrics.
At the Kano JAMB Zonal office where out only 40 of the 64 staff reported to work as the time of his visit, Prof. Oloyede threatened to transfer all affected staff out of the state if the trend continues.