The Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede has alleged that some yet-to-be-identified hackers have broken into its websites to steal over N10million.
He stated that the funds were monies meant to be distributed as allowances to it’s adhoc staff and that the evil deeds were carried out by some dozen fraudsters who gained entry into the internet site of the board.
Oloyede then stated that tentatively, the board would now use mobile phone as the only major requirement for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, and Direct Entry, DE registration processes.
The registrar who disclosed that the use of email is no longer required for the registration exercise explained that the new system was to ensure that candidates’ information is not exposed to dubious cyber cafe operators and other criminal elements.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, he said said the fraudsters altered profiles of the board’s ad hoc staff, diverting the money meant for their allowances.
According to him, the scam was uncovered after the board undertook a careful investigation, leading to the arrest of one Sahabi Zubairu from Takum in Taraba State, and several others.
He explained further that it was government policy “requires that monies meant for ad-hoc staff are paid directly into the accounts of the beneficiaries.”
He decried the failure of the accounting department to detect the fraud by cross-checking the names on the accounts to ensure that they tallied with those listed on the website or owners of the codes.
The JAMB boss who noted that ad-hoc staff of the board have since been paid, however, assured that the stolen money will be recovered, as he vowed to hand perpetrators of the crime over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for further investigation and prosecution.