The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board(JAMB) has suspended registration for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination(UTME) in 243 centres nationwide.
The examination body explained that this was to avoid overcrowding at the centres where recruitment was taking place, adding that the registration would resume at the centres on Friday.
The board’s Head of Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, in a statement in Abuja said: “The board regrets to announce that there would be no (and there should be no) registration in the 243 centres where a third-party recruitment examination is taking place across the nation.”
It advised candidates to log on to JAMB website for the list of the centres.
The board also said it had arrested five agents for selling e-PINS above the stipulated rates, adding that they had also been suspended from further vending the facility.
It warned that any outlet caught selling the ePINS higher than the prescribed amount would be sanctioned immediately.
“On January 14, 2020, four agents – Abdulrazak Adiza, Mathew Joe, Obekee Godday and Inyang Patrick were arrested for selling ePINs above the stipulated fee and the vendors were immediately suspended from further participation in the selling of ePINs for the 2020 UTME and Direct Entry registration.
“On January 15, one Amodu Friday was apprehended vending the ePINs above the regulated fee. Investigations also revealed that he was actually issuing receipts covering the regulated fee but collecting higher. This is a clear instance of criminality,” Osuji said.
JAMB stated that the arrested vendors had been suspended from further participation in the selling of ePINs for the 2020 UTME and Direct Entry(DE) registration.
It advised parents and candidates to promptly report any case of exploitation, stressing that the ePIN is N3,500 and the reading text N500.