48 Arrested For Exam Malpractices 

ICPC, DSS Arrest 48 Lecturers, Security Officers For Exam Malpractices

Richard Ginika Izuora

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the State Security Services (DSS) in a joint operation have arrested 48 persons for examination malpractice during the conducts of the Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board (JUPEB).

In a statement on Wednesday, November 3, Azuka Ogugua, the ICPC Spokesperson, said that the joint operation tagged ‘Operation Combo’ was conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.

Ogugua, explained that the operation led to the arrests of lecturers, security officers, workers, and students from some of the participating universities in the exam.

“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. This has led to the arrest of the President of Tutorial School Owners (ATSO).

“The operation, a consequence of the sustained period of surveillance and undercover investigations spanning several weeks, led to multiple arrests of suspects including parents of candidates of the exam.

“Also arrested were lecturers and others involved in examination malpractices and other illegalities in the participating institutions.

“The suspects were arrested from Wellspring University, Benin, Edo State; Christopher University, Mowe, Ogun State and Crown-Hill University, Ilorin, Kwara State. Again the raid of tutorial centres by operatives in McPherson and Precious Cornerstone universities in Ibadan and Ilara-Epe, in Oyo State respectively, led to more arrests of suspects.

“Credible intelligence gathered during the operations showed active connivance of the parents of the students and the management of the universities.

“Three current Vice-Chancellors have been invited by ICPC for their roles in the unchecked and massive malpractices reported.

“It was revealed that syndicated social media platforms were created by the facilitators; for leaking questions and circulating answers to students for a fee during examinations,” the ICPC stated.

The 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 malpractice.

They entered Into agreement with coordinators of the examination centres and other management staff of the institutions to deliberately allow security lapses to enable the candidates go into examination halls; with smartphones and other electronic devices to send question papers to waiting groups online; and subsequently, receive answers to questions thereby engaging in massive malpractices.

Some of the suspects arrested have been granted administrative bail; while the investigation is ongoing.

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