OVER N10 million meant to be paid to ad-hoc staff of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, as allowance has been hijacked into the accounts of over a dozen fraudsters who gained entry into the internet site of the board.
To this end, the board said mobile phone, not e-mail, would be the only major requirement for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, and Direct Entry, DE, registration processes.
Registrar of JAMB, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, who disclosed that the use of email was no longer required for the registration, explained that the new system was to ensure that candidates’ information was not exposed to dubious cyber cafe operators and other criminal elements.
Oloyede, who disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja yesterday, said the fraudsters altered profiles of the board’s ad hoc staff, diverting the money meant for their allowances.
According to him, the scam was uncovered after the board undertook a careful investigation, leading to the arrest of one Sahabi Zubairu from Takum in Taraba State and several others.
Explaining that government policy required that monies meant for ad hoc staff were paid directly into the accounts of the beneficiaries, he regretted that the situation gave room to the challenge the board was encountering.
He decried the failure of the accounts department to detect the fraud by cross checking the names on the accounts to ensure they tallied with those listed on the website or owners of the codes.