JAMB CBT Manager Apprehended for Alleged Inappropriate Online Communication with a 15-Year-Old Candidate

Category: Crime

An individual holding the position of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board Computer-Based Test (JAMB CBT) manager has been apprehended on charges of purportedly participating in an online conversation with a 15-year-old candidate, utilizing information obtained during her examination registration.

The situation came to light when the mother of the candidate, who had utilized her own phone number for her daughter's registration, received inappropriate messages on her device shortly after completing the registration process.

In a social media post, the candidate's mother accused JAMB of negligence and inadequate data security, leading to an investigation.

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The mother's statement disclosed that the CBT manager obtained the phone number from the registration form and initiated a text conversation, mistakenly believing he was communicating directly with the candidate.

Despite being informed of the teenager's age, the manager persisted in sending messages and advised that the communication be kept confidential.

The mother's social media post detailing the incident sparked widespread outrage online.

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Following this, JAMB initiated an internal investigation and collaborated with law enforcement authorities, resulting in the swift arrest of the accused staff member and an alleged accomplice within hours.

After the arrest, JAMB's ICT consultant, Damilola Bamiro, addressed the media on Thursday, stating, "Today, based on the social media report that has circulated, where a mother complained that her 15-year-old daughter was being approached by a staff member of one of our CBT centers, and immediately we received that information, we took prompt action."

"We identified the center, and thanks to our system that tracks candidate registrations, we successfully apprehended both the individual who registered the candidate and the person who approached the minor.

"They are currently in custody. This serves as an assurance to the public that JAMB will promptly take action whenever any case involving a candidate is reported," assured JAMB's ICT consultant, Damilola Bamiro.

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