Chris Steven, Abuja
Officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have arrested one miss Udoh Akpabio and her accomplice for alleged examination malpractice in the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Akpabio was caught with a phone concealed in her underwear, while the examination was on at Baptist Academy, Karu, in the Federal Capital Territory.
Also caught was Andrew Etziuzala, said to be aiding Akpabio in the cheating process.
They were caught with the aid of Close Circuit Television Cameras(CCTV) which sends live transmission of activities going on within the examination halls.
While parading both suspects, FCT Commandant of the NSCDC, Patrick Ukpen said Andrew introduced miss Akpabio into the chain of cheating during examinations.
The Commandant explained that while the examination was going on, Andrew was busy sending text messages of supposed answers to the questions she was expected to answer.
Ukpen said,”We have in our custody today two suspects that were involved in examination malpractice in the ongoing JAMB UTME.
“Their level of involvement was that, a lady whose name is Joy Akpabio was with a telephone handset and this is against the rules governing the examination.
“She concealed the telephone set inside her pant and she went in undetected and while the examination was going on, she brought it out.
“But, with the use of modern technology; you know the examination centres have CCTV cameras that are sending live transmission of activities that are taking place in the examination hall.
“With prompt response of our men and other JAMB officials, who were deployed to the centres, we were able to detect what she was doing and she was immediately arrested.
“Upon interrogation, we were also able to arrest her accomplice who is another young man by the name Andrew. He introduced her into the business and was equally involved in sending text messages of supposed answers to the examination she was doing.
“They are in our custody now and we are going to carry out further investigations regarding their involvement and to know if there are other accomplice, if there are more they will equally be traced and arrested and thereafter, they will be prosecuted. They were arrested at Baptist Academy, Karu”.
JAMB’s Head of Information, Fabian Benjamin who confirmed the development, corroborated the NSCDC commandant, saying Andrew was caught texting answers of 1990 JAMB examination to miss Akpabio.
He said the candidate was spotted from JAMB’s headquarters in Bwari, a suburb in the FCT.
According to the spokesman, the Board had initially listed all items banned from the examination, stressing that all Computer Based Centres in the country are covered by CCTV cameras.