Three persons allegedly defrauding members of the public with a fake Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board registration centre has been arrested by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

The identity of the fake centre operators were given as 35-year old Duduyemi Patrick, 34-year old Akindun Adeniyi and 29-year old Fagade Tope. The trio were nabbed on Wednesday at a cybercafe in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital, where they operated the fake centre from. Don Ikemefuna, the state commandant of the NSCDC while speaking to newsmen on Wednesday, stated that the suspects engage in fraudulent activities like printing of fake admission letters, forging of UTME registration forms and alteration of JAMB registration numbers. He added that some victims pay close to N50, 000 for these fake services.

The Director, Special Duties of JAMB, Olujide Adisa, who represented the Registrar of the examination body, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, said the body has not commenced sale of registration form for UTME. He added that the suspects took advantage of the usual September to February registration period to defraud their victims.

He noted that the list of cybercafe that can register students for UTME will be on JAMB’s website when the registration begins. Adisa stated further that JAMB has changed its process as sales and payment is now through e-platform.