The Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has Narrated how the board lost over N10 million to fraudsters in 2020.
Sahara reports that Oloyede disclosed this information to newsmen at the board’s headquarter in Abuja.
He said the suspected scammers gained access to the board’s payment portal for ad hoc staff.
According to him cyber criminals were investigated, tracked and nabbed in Kaduna, Nasarawa and Abuja.
“We did not ask anyone to apply to be an ad hoc staff on the site, we had already chosen them through recommendations from various agencies.
“We only created the site just to pay them via a code that was assigned to them.
“However, these suspects gained access to the site, deleted the original account details and phone numbers and inserted theirs.
“We paid N20,000 each for accommodation per night and N100,000 for flight tickets, depending on the location of each staff to go and work for that period.
“The payments ranged from N200,000 to over N300,000 per person. Yet, these suspected fraudsters after gaining access to the sites also inserted details for their family members.
“They didn’t go to partake in the exercise but ignored the messages sent from our domains.
“One of them, Saidu Zubairu collected over N3.7 million for himself because he inserted the account details of his mother, sisters and other family members.
“We have not calculated all the monies they all have so far received but altogether, the amount will definitely sum up to more than N10 million.
“We have already paid the original owners, though it took us over a year to track the suspects but we finally apprehended them and I assure you the law will take its cause,’’ Oloyede explained.
Oloyede reiterated the council’s preparations to fight against corrupt practices in it’s system, adding that some of the illegalities had brought about changes in the boards mode of operation.