JAMB questions hackers arrested


18 suspects are being quizzed by the Akwa Ibom State Police Command for attempted examination malpractices during the just-concluded UTME 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’s website to have access to UTME questions, police said.

The leader of the hackers, Isaiah Akpan Eshiet, works for Gmail Computer Technology and Management Institute located at No.15 Lutheran Road, Ikot Ekpene as the Centre Manager, Chukwu Ikechukwu, the spokesperson for the Akwa Ibom Command, said in a statement.

The Institute was one of the centres approved by JAMB for the UTME candidates to write the examination.

According to Mr. Ikechukwu, the centre manager rented the office, 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,” the police spokesperson said.

“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.”

Mr. Ikechukwu quoted the Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State, Don Awunah, as saying there is no hiding place for criminals in the state.

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