FIVE individuals who had deployed fake biometric capturing machines to register applicants for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations have been arrested in Oyo, Ogun and Maiduguri by officers and men of the NSCDC and brought to Abuja.
The suspects who were allegedly caught while perpetrating certain irregularities in the ongoing registration for the 2017 UTME have reportedly confessed to spending over N20m to construct a radio platform with which they hacked into JAMB’s registration portal.
Dr Fabian Benjamin, the spokesperson for UTME in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday, said, “These registration thieves deployed fake biometric capturing mechanisms and super-imposed registration slips just to satisfy the curiosity of innocent candidates that their registration was successful.
“And on the day of examination, such candidates’ data would either be edited, or not found on the JAMB data base.
“Such candidates would not be verified during the examination proper.”
During their interrogations in Abuja, Benjamin said, the suspects gave startling revelations of how they conducted their operations.