48 lecturers, others arrested over JUBEP exam fraud

The Department of State Services (DSS) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) have arrested 48 people for alleged irregularities in the Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board (JUPEB).

JUPEB is a post-secondary educational examination that qualifies a candidate for direct entry into any Nigerian or foreign university.

According to the ICPC, lecturers, security officers, workers, and students from some of the participating universities were arrested as part of a joint operation called 'Operation Combo,' which was carried out in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.

The statement said, "The suspects were arrested from Wellspring University, Benin, Edo State; Christopher University, Mowe, Ogun State and Crown-Hill University, Ilorin, Kwara State.

"Again, the raid of tutorial centres by operatives in McPherson and Precious Cornerstone universities in Ibadan and Ilara-Epe, in Oyo State, respectively, led to more arrest of suspects.”

The ICPC further stated that credible intelligence gathered during the operations showed active connivance of the parents of the students and the management of the universities.

It added, “Three current Vice-Chancellors have been invited by the ICPC for their roles in the unchecked and massive malpractices reported. It was revealed that syndicated social media platforms were created by the facilitators for leaking questions and circulating answers to students for a fee during examinations.

“Investigation also revealed that candidates, who are mostly minors, allegedly paid between N350,000 to N500,000 each to the suspects in the various tutorial schools to engage in the illegalities.”

The anti-graft agency revealed that the cartel, in connivance with the coordinators of the examination centres and other management staff of the institutions allowed candidates to enter the examination halls with smartphones and other electronic devices to send question papers to waiting groups online and subsequently, receive answers to the questions.

Source: Punch

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