The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has smashed an 18-member syndicate for attempted exam malpractices during the just concluded JAMB examinations held nationwide.
The men were arrested on May 15 in a rented apartment at No.13, Lutheran Road, Ikot Ekpene, while trying to hack into JAMB Website to have access to exam questions, said a statement by the command spokesman, Chukwu Ikechukwu.
“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,” Mr Ikechukwu, a deputy superintendent of police, said.
The police said it had recovered items from the syndicate that include 27 laptops, cables and a generating set.
“The Commissioner of Police Akwa Ibom State, CP Don Awunah, fsi,amnipr, reiterates that there is no hiding place for criminals in the state. He reassures 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.
“The Commissioner of Police continually appreciates useful information from members of the public on criminals and their activities in the in the state, and seizes this medium to solicits for more of such assistance,” the statement added.