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2020 UTME: JAMB Sanctions and Revokes Licences of Fraudulent e-PIN outlets

Latest: JAMB Sanctions and Revokes Licences of Fraudulent e-PIN outlets

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has sanctioned some e-PIN vending outlets in the ongoing 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) for charging prospective candidates above the prescribed fee.

This was contained in the weekly bulletin of the Board. It was gathered that the agents were immediately sanctioned, and their licenses revoked.

Before the commencement of the registration, JAMB and the e-PIN vendors agreed that the prescribed fee for the 2020 UTME/DE e-PINs would be N3,500 and the reading text, N500, and outlets were warned not to vend the ePINS at any price above the stipulated amount as doing that would attract sanction.

Professor Is-haq Oloyede, the registrar in a statement as contained in the bulletin frowned at outlets that disregarded the set rule and ignore due process. 

He said, “It has come to the knowledge of the Board that agents of certain registered sale outlets are vending the JAMB registration e-PINs at a cost higher than the prescribed fee. Consequently, the Board has revoked the licenses of the outlets involved in the fraudulent act so as to send a warning signal to others. The arrested agents would be arraigned soon. It is on this note that we appeal to all outlets to register only credible tellers for vending.”

Oloyode said that the decision to revoke licenses was to send a signal to other agents about the consequence awaiting them if they shun due process.

Earlier: Four JAMB Agents Arrested for Selling ePINs the Prescribed Price

Four agents of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) who sold the ePINS for the ongoing 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)/Direct Entry (DE) registrations above the stipulated amount, have been arrested by the examination body. 

The suspects who have also been suspended were identified as Abdulrazak Adiza, Mathew Joe, Obekee Godday and Inyang Patrick. 

Reacting to the arrest, JAMB’s spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin said the cost of the ePINs is N3500 while that of the reading text is N500. He warned that any outlet caught selling the ePINS higher than the prescribed amount would be sanctioned immediately.

Earlier: JAMB Arrests e-PIN Agents For Extortion of Candidates

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), on Tuesday, arrested some agents of one of the online payment services for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), for allegedly charging above the approved cost by the Board. This was disclosed by JAMB’s Head of Media, Dr Fabian Benjamin, while monitoring the ongoing UTME/Direct Entry (DE) registration in Bwari, Abuja.

According to him, the agents, who worked for Unified Payments Services (UPS), charged some candidates the sum of N4,500, as against the approved cost of N4,000, for the registration.

He described this as unfortunate and disappointing as the board prior to the commencement of the registration has a meeting with the accredited vendors and agreed that out of the N3,500 generated for each e-pin, they have a N210 commission.

He said the board, based on the Federal Government’s directive decided to sell the forms for nothing more than N4,000; N3,500 for e-pin and N500 for the English reading text.

“We pointed this out to vendors that it was a presidential directive so that Nigerians are not exploited and we are ready to protect this.

“For any agent to sell above the approved price is unlawful and unacceptable; as we speak now, United Payments Service has been suspended from the sale of the 2020 UTME/Direct Entry (DE) forms,” Benjamin said.

Benjamin also said that the board had set out a team of investigators across all its centres nationwide to fish out those who perpetrate acts that were contrary to the rules and regulations of the board.

He also said that any bank or selling outlet that sells N1 above the approved price would be suspended and whatever deposit they had with JAMB would be confiscated.

Benjamin also advised candidates against registering from public examination tutorial teachers as they were not accredited vendors of the board.

Whoever registers with them, he said, would be disqualified from sitting for the examinations.

He, however, explained that the agents, who were caught in the act, had been asked to return the extra N500 they charged to the candidates and had since been handed over to the Police for further investigation.


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