One Miss Udoh Akpabio, who reportedly hid her phone in her pant to cheat in the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), has been arrested by the operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), alongside her accomplice.
Andrew Etziuzala was arrested for aiding Akpabio,in cheating in the examination which took place at Baptist Academy, Karu, FCT after they were nabbed with the aid of CCTV which sends live transmission of activities going on within the examination halls.
Confirming the arrest of the suspects, the FCT Commandant of the NSCDC, Patrick Ukpen, said Andrew, a student of Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa reportedly introduced Akpabio into the chain of cheating during examinations. It was gathered that while the examination was ongoing, he was sending text messages of supposed answers to the questions she was expected to answer.
Mr. Akpan said: “We have in our custody today two suspects that were involved in examination malpractice in the ongoing JAMB UTME. Their level of involvement are as follows, a lady whose name is, went into the exam hall with a telephone handset and this is against the rules covering the JAMB examination.
“She concealed the telephone set inside her panties and she went in un-detected and while the examination nation was going on, she brought it out.
“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, and the activities 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 who introduced her into the business and was equally involved in sending text messages of supposedly 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, he will equally be traced and arrested and thereafter, they will be prosecuted in a law court.”
Premium Times reported that Andrew claimed the answers were generated by another member of the syndicate who is now at large, operating from a Business Centre in Jikwoyi.
According to Andrew, the suspect allegedly hacked into JAMB examination questions and generated answers which were forwarded to him, which he in turn forwarded to Akpabio in the examination hall.
Miss Akpabio, who confessed that she hid the phone to beat the security checks, said she applied to study Business Administration and had sat for JAMB for more than four times before now, without securing admission into any Tertiary Institution in the country.
She said: “I was caught with a phone in exam hall. Actually, I was about bringing out the phone to make use of it and they saw me.”
When asked if she was aware that she was not supposed to go into the examination hall with a phone, she said yes. “It was just an accident.”