By Ejike Ejike, Abuja
The Nigeria Police said it has arrested 18 male suspects by the Akwa Ibom State Police Command for attempted exam malpractices during the just concluded JAMB examinations held nationwide.
The men were arrested on Monday, May, 15, 2017 in a rented apartment at No.13, Lutheran Road, Ikot Ekpene, while trying to hack into JAMB website to have access to exam questions.
A statement by Akwa Ibom state police command PRO, DSP Chukwu Ikechukwu stated that the leader of the syndicate, one Isaiah Akpan Eshiet, works for Gmail Computer Technology and Management Institute located at No.15, Lutheran Road, Ikot Ekpen as the Centre Manager.
The Institute was one of the centres approved by JAMB for candidates to write the examinations.
DSP Chukwu explained that “the Centre Manager rented the office, which is about a few metres away from the Institute, to specifically perpetrate the crime. He linked a cable from the rented office to a switch of the Institute’s Computer system in the proprietor’s office with the intention to connect the JAMB Server for access to JAMB questions. He had not succeeded when the police on information swooped on him and his associates.”
Among the accomplices in the Command’s custody were scouts for interested candidates and those on standby, popularly referred to as mercenaries, who were to solve the exam questions and transmit answers to candidates in the examination hall at the Institute.
Items recovered from the syndicate include 27 laptops, cables and a generating set.