Police have arrested 25 persons for allegedly inflating cost of the computer-based 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration materials.

The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Is-haq Oloyede made the announcement shortly after the arrest in Abuja.

He said a combined team of the board’s Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Police arrested the suspects in different parts of the country.

He said e-brochure and e-syllabus were being sold by the culprits, who were mostly owners of exam centres for as high as N800.The suspects were also extorting money and inflating cost of registration from candidates.

“We keep on telling people that they are to pay just N5, 500, which is N5, 000 to JAMB and N500 for the book (e-brochure and e-syllabus) and that is all. But for the centres where they register, the owners of the centres will get a maximum of N700. We have arrested about 25 persons, all over the country. They are those who are doing what they are not supposed to do, by charging the candidates higher than expected. They will not escape justice, they will appear in court.

According to him, JAMB has not asked anybody to pay extra money or to go to any business centre for the creation of profile.

Oloyede said banks and Computer-Based Test centres have reached an agreement with JAMB to create the profile for candidates. 

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