Eighteen male suspects are being quizzed by the Akwa Ibom State Police Command for attempted exam malpractices during the just concluded JAMB examinations held nationwide.
DSP Chukwu Ikechukwu, Police Public Relations Officer, Akwa Ibom State Command, made this known in a statement made available to NAIJAPARRY on Monday.
He noted that the men were arrested on Monday 15th May, 2017 in a rented apartment at No.13, Lutheran Road, Ikot Ekpene, while trying to hack into JAMB Website to have access to exam questions.
It said “The leader of the syndicate, one Isaiah Akpan Eshiet, works for Gmail Computer Technology and Management Institute located at No.15, Lutheran Road, Ikot Ekpen as the Centre Manager.
“The Institute was one of the centres approved by JAMB for candidates to write the examinations. The Centre Manager rented the office, which is about a few metres away from the Institute, to specifically perpetrate the crime.
“He linked a cable from the rented office to a switch of the Institute’s Computer system in the proprietor’s office with the intention to connect the JAMB Server for access to JAMB questions. He had not succeeded when the police on information swooped on him and his associates.
“Among the accomplices in the Command’s custody were scouts for interested candidates and those on standby, popularly referred to as mercenaries, who were to solve the exam questions and transmit answers to candidates in the examination hall at the Institute.
“Items recovered from the syndicate include 27 laptops, cables and a generating set”.
The spokesman quoted Commissioner of Police CP Don Awunah, as warning that there was no hiding place for criminals in the state.
He reassured that the Command will continue to collaborate with all exam bodies in the state to eliminate cheats from the processes and safeguard their collective integrity.
Awunah thanked the public for their useful information on criminals and their activities and solicited for more of such assistance.