UTME: Police arraign cyber- café operator

Folashade Adebayo

A cybercafé operator, Emeka Anugwo, was on Thursday arraigned on a two-count charge of fraud and impersonation at the Igbosere High Court in Lagos.

Anugwo, who runs a CBT centre close to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board office in Ikoyi, Lagos, was arrested in May for allegedly collecting between N3,000 and N3,5000 from 70 UTME candidates to generate a Remitter Code and effect changes in their ages, course and institutions.

The 37-year old had pleaded not guilty and was granted N100,000 bail. He was also asked to produce two sureties in like sum, who must be resident in Lagos State and show evidence of two years tax payment.

The Prosecutor, Inspector Okete Ejime, told the court that Anugwuo had collected the money impersonating JAMB officials, noting that the offences contravened Sections 323 and 376(2) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015. The case was, however, adjourned till July 27.

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In a statement released by the Head of Press and Public Relations, JAMB, Mr. Fabian Benjamin, the examination body said it would not condone examination malpractice. He added that those caught cheating before and during the examination would be prosecuted.

“We are committed to restore the dignity of JAMB and its examinations. This trial is only to prove to others that we are not joking about this at all.”

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