Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has arrested two of its staff: Andy Okoro and Gambo Abba for extorting money from Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates with the promise to help them secure university admission.
Okoro, a level 12 officer in Delta State JAMB’s office, was said to have collected ₦500,000 from four candidates’ parents, out of which he paid ₦180,000 to a colleague, Gambo, to help facilitate their admission.
Registrar of JAMB, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, said the secret was opened when one of the parents in Delta State petitioned JAMB on Okoro’s activities; a move that prompted the Board to launch an investigation into the issue.
Professor Oloyede who vowed to ensure they face the music of their actions said he was surprised that the affected staff negated the Board’s zero tolerance for corruption.
He insisted that anybody who engages in sharp practices, no matter who the person is, shall not be protected by the Board because the Board has zero-tolerance for corruption.