ABUJA, (CAJ News) – FOUR suspects have been arrested following one of the most controversial tertiary examinations in Nigeria.
The West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) examinations held between February and May were characterized by massive cyber-based cheating, prompting the intervention of the police.
Jimoh Moshood, Nigeria Police spokesman said after “painstaking and meticulous investigations” that spanned several weeks, two students, Samuel Odinaka Onwurah, and Okon Effiong Joseph both urged 20 and attending universities southeast of the country were arrested for allegedly collecting a combined N190 000 (R7 500) from students whom they allegedly assisted with exam answers.
Other suspects Samuel Odinaka Onwurah (20) and Patrick Uchechukwu Nwodo (30) have also been arrested for collecting N130 000 from sitting candidates.
It emerged during the examinations, some individuals were operating rouge websites soliciting for candidates sitting the examination, to pay money into their bank accounts, in exchange for the provision of worked solutions and answers to questions of subjects being taken on any particular day.
It is also alleged some fraudsters were operating illegal websites soliciting for candidates to pay certain amount of money into bank account in exchange for posting of worked solutions and answers via social media and dubiously dispossessing unsuspecting victims of their money.
Earlier, scores of suspects were arrested for hacking the websites of WASSCE and accessed examination papers.
Some students face disqualification for admitting to cheating.
Moshood said the suspects will be charged on completion of investigations.
“Efforts are intensified to arrest other operators of these illegal rogue websites still at large.”