NEWS : BRIBERY THRIVES IN NIMC, OFFICIALS FLEECE UTME CANDIDATES, OTHERS

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The National Identity Management Commission officials across the country on Thursday cashed in on the rush to obtain the National Identification Number to fleece candidates , investigations have shown.
Many candidates thronged registration centres on Wednesday and Thursday as the registration for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination would start on Monday.
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board had on October 17 , 2019 , said only candidates with the NIN would be registered for the 2020 UTME .
The JAMB spokesman , Dr Benjamin Fabian , Wednesday , insisted that there was no going back on the board ’s policy on the NIN .
He blamed examination malpractice syndicates for the problems being encountered by candidates who wanted to obtain the number .
Findings indicated that touts and the NIMC officers were demanding between N500 and N 2, 000 from candidates.
In Ogun State, information gathered that the touts collected money from the applicants to facilitate their quick NIN registration. some of whom were working for corrupt NIMC officials , collected between N 500 and N2 , 000 from each candidate .
A candidate , who spoke on condition of anonymity , said he paid a tout N 500 at the Oke- Mosan Abeokuta office of the NIMC , before he could obtain the number last week.
“ The EFCC undercover operatives should be going to the centres across the country to see the evil of some lazy NIMC officials , ” he said .
But state Coordinator of the NIMC , Tayo Olatunde, denied that the officials were extorting money from the students . He, however , confirmed that some touts were extorting money from the students in some centres
Also, scores of UTME candidates in Nasarawa State accused the NIMC of demanding money before capturing them .
The PUNCH correspondent , who visited the NIMC in Lafia , the state capital, observed that thousands of prospective candidates were in long queues struggling to be captured by the NIMC officials .
One of the candidates , Sunday Michael , said he had been in the queue for three hours and he had not been attended to.
He said , “ I have spent several hours and yet I have not been registered . People that met me here were attended to because they bribed the officials . Some NIMC workers called me aside and told me that if I had N 1000 I should bring it and I would be captured without any hiccup . ”
Reacting to the allegations, the state coordinator of the NIMC , Ode Ebi , said they were baseless.
In Gombe State, a Senior Secondary School 3 pupil , Abdullahi Sanni , told The PUNCH that he left his home at 6 am only to remain in the queue unattended to at 3 pm .

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