The Delta State government on Tuesday revealed that sixteen persons who were allegedly involved in “Miracle Centers” outside the state have been arrested.
The step by the state government was driven towards eradicating all forms of examination malpractice in the state.
The state government while speaking on examination malpractice on the increase said, that the sixteen persons suspected to be exams fraudsters were apprehended in Asaba last Monday.
The arrest was made possible through the help of exams’ fraud committee under the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education.
The report revealed that the suspects under the guise of operating lecture centres, allegedly sort for unsuspecting desperate higher institutions seekers into registering for WAEC/NECO with them after paying huge sums of money.
Thereafter, they take the candidates to miracle centres in Benin in Edo state or Onitsha, Anambra State where the examinations are written for them by mercenaries.
The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chiedu Ebie, while confirming the arrest stated that the suspects were arrested on intelligence gathering.
He further stated that the leader of the suspects was identified as “Arise and Shine”, while other names were withheld and they were handed over to the police for prosecution.
The commissioner of police in the state, Anthony Ogbizi, while speaking on the incident said, “the Suspects confessed to the crime and investigation is ongoing. They will be charged to court on completion of an investigation,”.
He warned that the police will bring to book perpetrators of examination malpractice in the state.
Sources said exams’ fraudsters often work with principals of various schools as they take their students after allegedly extorting unsuspecting desperate higher institutions’ admission seekers with assurances of writing and passing their examination in one sitting.