The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, has disclosed that some Computer-Based Test centres gave bribes to some officials, to falsify the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, results.
Oloyede disclosed this at a briefing yesterday in Abuja.
He said the JAMB officials had to collect the bribes for “security reasons”.
The registrar, who did not disclose the CBT centres, noted that the officials reported the cases to the board.
He also lamented that some parents conspired with CBT centres to carry out examination malpractices.
Oloyede added that some of them paid as much as N200,000 for the illegal act.
His words: “An area which I want to address is the intensity of examination malpractices and the connivance of parents.
“There are malpractices, which are concealed in flip flops and handkerchiefs, by candidates. Some owners of the CBT centres also set them up for reasons other than examinations.
“They sold answers. We also paid the money. Some centres also extended cables into fraudulent places they called VIP rooms, but we caught them.
“There were also cases of some CBT centres bribing our officials. Our officials had to collect the bribes in some instances, when they considered their safety.
“They then turned in the money to us when they reported back.”
Oloyede said a JAMB director went to a CBT centre, which had a VIP section where malpractice was going on.
Oloyede added that the official did not immediately raise alarm because it was not safe for him to do so within the centre.