Two staff of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Andy Okoro and Gambo Abba were arrested earlier.
The allegation premised on extorting money from Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates with the promise to help them secure university admission.
Okoro, a level 12 officer in Delta State JAMB’s office, was said to have collected ₦500,000 from four candidates’ parents, out of which he paid ₦180,000 to a colleague, Gambo, to help facilitate their admission.
However, a mild drama ensued when Gambo, a level 8 officer at JAMB headquarters, said he was probably hypnotised by Okoro to engage in the shady deals, adding that he only got to know him by phone last year through a third party.
“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 of JAMB, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, says the bubble burst when one of the parents in Delta State petitioned JAMB on Okoro’s activities, a move that prompted the Board to launch an investigation into the issue.
He called on parents and candidates not to allow anyone collect money from them on the guise of helping to secure admission to their choice institution as the system is now fully automated.
“The admission exercise into tertiary institutions has been automated, therefore anybody working in JAMB or anybody who has good calculation, who knows what admission process is, can predict who can be admitted because it has been automated.
Professor Ishaq Oloyede JAMB Registrar
“What is happening now is that people know those that will be admitted, because they know by the automation this person could be admitted, and they now go and be extorting the parents of those that have already been slated for admission.
“We need to let the public know that there is no halfway to admission, nobody should bribe or give any amount to anybody whether they are JAMB staff or they are not JAMB staff. Anybody who solicit money from any parent, the parent should inform the Board.”