By Ayodele Oluwafemi
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has raised alarm over the existence of a rogue website created by unknown elements to defraud unsuspecting candidates ahead of the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
The Spokesperson of JAMB, Dr Fabian Benjamin, on Sunday, in Abuja told News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, that the board knows nothing about such website and its fake advertisement.
Dr Benjamin also disclosed that over 100,000 candidates, who met admission requirements have been offered provisional admission into Nigerian tertiary institutions for the 2019/2020 academic session.
He also noted that the board will ensure that candidates occupy more admission spaces than that of 2018, noting that 40 percent of spaces were not utilized in 2018.
According to him, “The first choice admission for public universities commenced from Aug. 21 and would last till Nov. 16 and for private universities, it will be from Aug. 21 to Feb. 15, 2020, the second choice admissions for public universities will be from Nov. 17 to Dec. 17.
“It has come to our notice that some mischievous persons are trying hard to use the name of the board to defraud innocent candidates and the general public ahead of the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Board (UTME).
“These fraudsters are urging interested candidates or persons to forward their names and telephone numbers to the rogue website, as well as pay subscription fees to acquire past questions and answers and a copy of the literature novel ahead of the board’s 2020 UTME.
“We want to state that these are mischievous persons who are out to cause pains to the public and therefore urge candidates to disregard the information and the perpetrators of this evil in their own interest.”