- The ICPC and DSS in a joint operation arrested lecturers, security officers, ICT specialists, parents, etc. for exam malpractice
- The anti-corruption agency said those arrested were involved illegalities in the conducts of the Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board (JUPEB)
- Three university vice-chancellors have also been invited for questioning over their alleged roles in the unchecked and massive malpractices
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Department of State Services (DSS) have arrested 48 individuals over alleged examination malpractices.
A statement released on Wednesday, November 3, by the ICPC indicates that the 48 arrested individuals include lecturers, security officers, ICT specialists, other workers and students.
Legit.ng gathers that they were arrested for their alleged illegalities in the conducts of the Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board (JUPEB).
The joint operation tagged ‘Operation Combo’ conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, led to the arrests.
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Operation Combo carried in seven states
The statement further explained that Operation Combo was simultaneously carried out by the operatives of ICPC and DSS in seven states after extensive monitoring of tutorial schools allegedly known for notoriously compromising JUPEB examinations.
It was gathered that the president of Tutorial School Owners (ATSO), whose name was not mentioned, was also arrested.
Some parents of the candidates of the exam not left out in the unprecedented multiple arrests.
Universities where suspects were arrested from
- Wellspring University, Benin, Edo state
- Christopher University, Mowe, Ogun state
- Crown-Hill University, Ilorin, Kwara state.
- McPherson University, Ibadan
- Precious Cornerstone, Ilara-Epe
Three vice chancellors invited
The ICPC said three current Vice-Chancellors have been invited for their roles in the unchecked and massive malpractices reported.
It added that credible intelligence gathered during the operations showed active connivance of the parents of the students and the management of the universities.
It was gathered that syndicated social media platforms were created by the facilitators for leaking questions and circulating answers to students for a fee during examinations.
Malpractice: Candidates paid up to N500,000 each
Investigation also revealed that candidates, who are mostly minors, allegedly paid between N350,000 to N500,000 each to the suspects in the various tutorial schools to engage in the illegalities.
Some of the suspects arrested have been granted administrative bail while investigation is on-going.
JUPEB is an advanced level educational examination that qualifies its candidate for admission into 200 level in any Nigerian and foreign universities through direct entry. It is coordinated by the University of Lagos and has up to 10 accredited universities.
Ijendu Iheaka commented on Facebook:
"ICPC, please visit some Lecturers at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Umuahia, Abia State where some Lecturers refuse to teach students but prefer to make them fail courses so that they will come to them for sex or with as much as N5000, N7000, N10,000 and more to pass their courses.
"If your efforts did not reach the these institutions of higher learning, the student corrupt practices will not stop in Nigeria."
Muhammad Siraaj said:
"Such operations should be replicated during waec/neco ssce exams randomly in both public & private schools in the entire federation annually."
Oluwole Jamez also commented:
"Such move should be extend to WAEC, NECO & other central examinations."
Federal polytechnic expels 51 students, discloses reason for harsh decision
A spokesperson for the polytechnic, Malam Uba Mana, disclosed in a statement on Wednesday, August 18, that the alleged malpractices occurred during the 2019/2020 academic session.
He said the expelled undergraduates comprised both full-time and part-time students. The spokesperson stated that the academic board of the institution has approved the punitive action imposed on the undergraduates.