Drama As JAMB Parades staff Over Alleged Admission Scam

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board yesterday paraded two of its workers for allegedly extorting money from Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination candidates with a promise to help them secure admissions.

The affected staff, who is a level 12 officer in Delta State JAMB’s office, confessed to collecting N500,000 from four candidates’ parents, out of which he paid N180,000 to another colleague, a level 8 officer, to help facilitate their admissions.

But the issue came to the public domain when one of the parents in Delta State petitioned JAMB on the level 12 officer’s activities, a move that prompted the organisation to open up an investigation into the issue.

The indicted officer told journalists at JAMB headquarters on Monday evening in Abuja that he engaged in the fraudulent act because of economic hardship.

But a mild drama, however, ensued when his accomplice in level 8 who had earlier claimed he was into fish business with the level 12 officer, later admitted that his involvement in the act might not be “ordinary.”

The level 8 officer at JAMB Headquarters said he was probably hypnotised by his colleague to engage in the shady deals, adding that he only got to know him by phone last year through a third party.

He said, “It was not ordinary, he was just calling me, I don’t know him, he lured me into this when he convinced me that he has been into it for a long time.”

The Registrar and Chief Executive of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who expressed surprise that the affected staff defied his zero tolerance for corruption, vowed to ensure they face the full wrath of the law.



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