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CBT operator arrested for extorting UTME candidates

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Men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have arrested the operator of Action Centre Computer Based Test Centre, located within the Junior Grammar School, Alagbado, Lagos, for allegedly charging the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) candidates above the recommended registration fees.

The suspect, Mr. Quadri Kabiru, who is currently detained at the NSCDC Lagos Command, was accused of charging each candidate about N12,000 for registration instead of the approved N5,500.

The Head of the Lagos Office of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Mr. Sunday Aladegbaye, said the examination body was shocked to note that a CBT operator could still engage in such fraudulent practices despite a series of interactions between the Board and the CBT owners. Aladegbaye noted that the examination body would ensure that the culprit was prosecuted in a competent law court.

The state NSCDC Commandant, Mr. Tajudeen Balogun, said he was attending to a matter and could not talk on Kabiru’s arrest at that moment. On Saturday, January 13, a team of policemen assigned to the Adeniji Adele Police Division, Lagos Island, arrested two men for engaging in similar illegal registration practice.

The suspects, Mr. Bamigbade Ajibola and Mr. Amoo Moshood, are alleged to be the owners of a JAMB-approved Computer- based Test Centre – Vision Computer Academy, located in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos. They were arrested after a tip-off from members of the public that the Lagos Island Primary School, Sura, was being used for an illegal registration exercise.

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