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JAMB parades own staff for extorting admission seekers

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No fewer than two  staff of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) have been arrested for extorting money from Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates with the promise to help them secure university admission.

They are , Andy Okoro and Gambo Abba

Okoro, a level 12 officer in Delta State JAMB’s office, was alleged 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.

According to the Registrar of JAMB, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, the bubble burst when one of the parents in Delta State petitioned JAMB on Okoro’s activities, a move which is he said prompted the Board to launch an investigation into the issue.

Continuing, Professor Oloyede further expressed surprise that the affected staff defied the Board’s zero tolerance for corruption as he vowed to ensure they face the full wrath of the law.

The JAMB boss 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.

He therefore, warned the parents and candidates not to allow anyone to collect money from them in the guise of helping them secure admission to their chosen institution, adding that “the system is now fully automated”.

The JAMB Registrar adds that “What is happening now is that people know those that will be admitted, because they know by the automation this person could be admitted, and they now go and be extorting the parents of those that have already been slated for admission.

“We need to let the public know that there is no halfway to admission. Nobody should bribe or give any amount to anybody whether they are JAMB staff or they are not JAMB staff. Anybody who solicit money from any parent, the parent should inform the Board.”

Meanwhile, Bayo Olajide, a tutorial center operator in Koroduma, Nasarawa State, has landed in trouble for collecting N6,500 registration fees from would-be UTME candidates.

Bayo was said to have engaged in the act even when JAMB was yet to commence sales of form for the 2021 exercise.

“He has been collecting money from candidates in the name of 2021 UTME registration, and you all know we have not commenced the registration.

“He was arrested and when asked, he claimed he is a tutorial person, that he has been teaching candidates for the exam, but the tragedy of the story was that he was not even qualified to sit for the exam,” JAMB’s Head of Media, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said.

Bayo, who revealed that his highest academic qualification was” O Level”, admitted receiving money from only one person.

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EFCC arrests IT expert, six other suspected internet fraudsters in Ibadan

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Operatives of the  Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office on Wednesay arrested one 31-year old Lateef Adewale Adeyemi who works with a private IT firm in Osogbo for internet fraud.

The other suspects arrested include: Saheed Olatunji, Bandele Olarewaju John, Yusuf Akinkunmi Azeez, Fuja Quoreeb Oluwadamilare, Odueso Oluwole Ezekiel and Akinade Teslim

They were arrested at Main Stay Hotel, Akala Express area of Ibadan, Oyo State.

The operation followed series of intelligence report linking them with alleged fraudulent activities ranging from love scam on numerous dating sites, obtaining money by false pretenses and other fraud still being investigated.

One car, phones, laptops, several incriminating documents were recovered from the suspects.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

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EFCC Nabs 34 Yahoo Boys in Ibadan, Lagos

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested a total of 34 suspected internet fraudsters, also known as Yahoo Yahoo Boys. They were apprehended in separate operations in Ibadan, Oyo state and Lagos.

Twenty four of the suspects, most of whom claimed to be undergraduates, were rounded up today at their hideout in Apete area of Ibadan, Oyo State by operatives from the Ibadan Zonal Office of the Commission.

The suspects are, Isiaka Quadri Olawale, Ojubanire Akindimeji Abdulquadri, Shobowale Michael Morenikeji, Adeyemi Yusuf Ekundayo, Alabi Gift Jesse, Owolabi Yakubu Josebh, Olasupo Ogooluwa Ayomide, Emmanuel Segun Omogbolahan, Mufutau Sarafa Adewale, and Adekunle Habeeb Olamilekan.

Others are, Usman Abdullahi Olamilekan, Adurota Emmanuel Tosin, Adekunle Ibrahim Babatunde, Adeyiga Ayobami Emmanuel, Olubanji Remilekun Michael, Ibrahim Damola Iremide, Okunlaja Joshua Opeyemi, Aiyelokun Bolaji Emmanuel, Akintokun Olalekan Ibukunmi, Kehinde Victor Boluwatife, Oni Olanrewaju Gabriel, Shobowale Samuel Durodola, Owolabi Quadri Damilola and Monday Blessing Patrick.

The early morning raid, according to the Commission followed actionable intelligence on their alleged involvement in internet-related crimes.

The arrest led to the recovery of valuable items, including four exotic cars, mobile phones, laptops, SIM cards and several incriminating documents.

The remaining ten suspects were arrested by Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office on Tuesday at Horizon II Estate, Meadow Hall Way, Lekki, Lagos following credible information on their alleged criminal activities.

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The suspects who are allegedly involved in romance scam, unemployment benefits scam, identity theft, and purchase of malicious tools to compromise corporate email accounts and intercept email messages, include: Daniel Udegbe, Taiwo Akintimehin, Abiola Opeyemi, Great Shayo Akintimehin, Dikoyejo Damilola Emmanuel, ibiayinabobo Daso and Toheeb Alhassan.

Others are: Michael Ofoedu Obinna, Sanni Azeez and Ridwan Adeyinka Songonuga.

Items recovered from the suspects include mobile phones and laptop computers.

The suspects have volunteered statements to the Commission and would be charged to Court as soon as investigations are concluded.

 

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Lagos Police arraign 60 suspected cultists

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The Police in Lagos state have arraigned  no fewer than 60 suspected cultists before a magistrate court sitting in the Yaba area of the state.

The 60 suspects, made up of 12 females and 48 males, were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Adeola Adebayo under the new Anti-Cultism Law of Lagos.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had fifteen days ago signed the anti-cultism bill into law.

The new law, “Prohibition of Unlawful Societies and Cultism of 2021” seeks to combat cultism in Lagos State by giving stiffer punishments to convicted cultists and those abetting them.

It prescribes a 21-year jail term for convicted cultists and a 15-year jail time for those found guilty of abetting cultism and cultists.

In the charge sheet signed by SP Yetunde Cardoso, the Officer in Charge of Legal, Lagos State Police Command, the majority of those arraigned today were arrested in Ikorodu between February and March on allegations of belonging to the Aiye cult and other unlawful societies.

Some of them were also charged with being in possession of arms and causing a breach of the peace.

Twelve of the 60 were also charged with conspiracy and the murder of one John Anibaba contrary to S222(1) Criminal Law of Lagos.

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