The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested one Miss Udoh Akpabio, who reportedly hid her telephone handset in her pant and her accomplice, to cheat in the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Karu, FCT.
The accomplice, Andrew Etziuzala, was arrested for aiding Akpabio in cheating in the examination, which took place at the Baptist Academy, Karu, FCT.
They were picked up with the aid of CCTV, which sends a live transmission of activities going on within the examination halls.
Mr Patrick Ukpen, the FCT Commandant of the NSCDC, who confirmed the arrests said that Andrew, a student of the Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa reportedly introduced Akpabio into the chain of cheating during examinations.
“While the examination was ongoing, he was sending text messages of supposed answers to the questions she was expected to answer.
“We have in our custody today two suspects that were involved in examination malpractice in the ongoing JAMB UTME.
“A lady, Miss Udoh Akpabio, 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 a live transmission of activities that are taking place in the examination hall.
“The activities of our men and other JAMB officials, who were deployed to the centres, were able to detect what she was doing and she was immediately arrested.
“Upon interrogation, we were also able to arrest her accomplice, a young man called 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 accomplices, he will equally be traced and arrested and thereafter, they will be prosecuted in a law court,” Ukpen said.
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 the commandant, 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.
“I was caught with a phone in the examination hall.
“Actually, I was about bringing out the phone to make use of it and they saw me, Akperbio confessed.