A cross-section of candidates writing the 2017 JAMB and UTME computer-based examination at the Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Pro-metrics Centre, in Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State on Saturday (13/5/17). 02637/13/5/2017/Idowu Gabriel/HB/NAN

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has arrested two children of an accredited Computer Based Test (CBT) centre owner in Lagos, over alleged examination violation.

Concise News learned that the arrest was made during a monitoring tour of various CBT centres in Lagos State on Tuesday by the board’s Registrar, Is’haq Oloyede.

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The two were caught using their mobile phones to screenshot questions of the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

“We were on our normal monitoring when this alarm came in that this centre, there was examination malpractice that took place.

“I was informed that what they did was to take screenshots of the examination questions, compile them and forward same to some of these tutorial centres which, in turn, used the questions to defraud prospective candidates.

“What they did here was to deliberately disconnect the CCTV, thinking that we would not be able to track whatever happened here through our central CCTV in Abuja.”

Oloyede, who revealed the things the fraudsters failed to understand is that JAMB does not repeat questions used as far back as four or five years ago, let alone using them for any of the four sessions its deploy per day.

“We will be glad if these fraudsters are prosecuted even if the centre owners are let off the hook,” he said.

He said that all candidates previously scheduled to sit for the examination in the centre would immediately be moved to another centre.

The registrar disclosed that JAMB is planning to build mega CBT centres for its examinations but this we cannot also achieve alone.

“We have acquired a piece of land in Osun for that purpose, just as we have done in Abia. We are also trying to get one in Imo as we have a high concentration of candidates in these states.

“We will also encourage genuine private investors who will now be the body that will accredit its own subgroups, just as we will also bring in the Computer Registration Council of Nigeria,” he concluded.