The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has threatened to sanction some cybercafes and tutorial centres that specialise in defrauding unsuspecting candidates during registration for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
In its weekly bulletin made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday, the Board decried the unwholesome activities of fraudulent operators of cyber cafes, tutorial centres and other entities which deceive hapless candidates by using the board’s logo and name to defraud and extort them.
The Registrar, Prof. Is’haq Oloyede, was quoted as saying: “The stock-in-trade of these unscrupulous elements is to lure innocent candidates to part with their money under the guise of registering them for the 2021 to 2022 UTME/DE application documents.
“It is a criminal offence for one to use the board’s name and logo when one is not licensed by the board to do so for any reason.
“Anybody not licensed by the board to register candidates and who goes ahead to print banners advertising the board’s services will be arrested and prosecuted.”
Oloyede said henceforth, the board and various security agencies would comb the streets across the country to ensure that such illegal activities are curtailed.
The board had said that registration will take place in 700 centres nationwide, adding the list of the centres would be available in all state offices and on JAMB’S website.
It also stated that registration for the exercise will begin on April 8 and end on May 15.
“All potential candidates must have the National Identity Number (NIN) for the registration,” it said.
JAMB stated that the registration fee for the 2021 to 2022 application documents remains N3,500 and N500 for the recommended reading text, while centres must not charge for service above N700.
It also said that there would be no extension of time for the sale of the application documents.
According to the board, the mock examination will hold on April 30 for those who indicate interest and are registered before April 24, while the UTME will hold from June 5 to June 19, 2021.