JAMB Nabs 50-Year-Old, One Other Over Impersonation

File photo of JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede


Two suspects have been arrested by the police over their alleged involvement in impersonation during the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration.

The suspects identified as 50-year-old Sesan Obasa, and his alleged accomplice, Salvation Terhembe, were arrested and paraded before journalists at the headquarters of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), in Bwari, Abuja.

According to a statement issued on Friday by JAMB’s spokesman, Fabian Benjamin, Terhembe was picked up by the staff of JAMB at one of the board’s registration centres in Bwari, following his unsuccessful attempts to carry out the UTME registration on behalf of Obasa.

The 36-year-old had appeared before a JAMB registration official on Thursday and could have successfully scaled the first accreditation when the picture on the National Identification Number, NIN, showed he was impersonating Obasa.

Terhembe, who admitted to carrying out the act, said he was contacted by Obasa to supply his information for registration at the JAMB center because he was busy with work, adding however that he was only assisting him and not aware that his actions breached any rule of JAMB.

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In defending his action, the 50-year-old suspect who had applied to study public administration, said he was misled by his determination to go to school, which moved him with desperation to put in for JAMB this year.

He admitted that Terhembe carried out UTME registration on his behalf, and pleaded for leniency as he was completely unaware that his actions were tantamount to identify fraud.

Reacting to the arrest, JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, lauded the efficacy of NIN in checkmating Identity fraud, noting that if not for the use of NIN, the impersonator would have successfully carried out his registration.

“You can see the advantages of NIN; by the time we put this boy to test, you would see that he had done registration in previous years for other people but because of we were able to uncover this,” he said.

Oloyede, who was visibly miffed by the activities of the duo, said they were “fraudsters,” vowing to hand them over to the police.

Army Parades Suspect For Illegal Arms Possession, Impersonation   

Army The Nigerian Army has paraded a suspect, one Prince Onyemauche from Imo State, for illegal possession of arms and rounds of ammunition, and impersonation of an official of the Army.

Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, said that the suspect was arrested on Sunday at a motor park in Gwagwalada area council of the FCT alongside an Army Sergeant.

He had in his possession, an AK47 riffle and four magazines of ammunition, a pistol, 6 GSM handsets, 12 cheque books and one million Naira in cash, among other things.

He said that three identified soldiers, who often travel with the suspect as escorts without official authorization, have been picked up and are awaiting trial by a court martial.

EFCC Arrests Suspected Fraudster Over $1Mln Scam


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a suspected fraudster; Adekunle Balogun also known as Malan Salihu, over fraudulent dealings.

The EFCC alleged that the 44- year- old Ordinary National Diploma Certificate holder in Textile and Polymer Technology duped one Precious Chukwuma Emelue of 100, million Naira by luring him into believing that, he would assist him in retrieving a sum of $1,000,000.00 from a Pakistani Bank: Kan-Cern Limited.

The victim claimed to have met Mr Perry Kandoharty, who was said to be a Diplomat with the Pakistani High Commission in Lagos in year 2012 with the intention of providing land for a fishing pond in a so called fish factory in Nigeria.

Balogun was allegedly caught impersonating Mr Perry Kandoharty by IMF through a mail sent informing Emelue of a deposit of $1,000,000.00 into Kan-Cern Limited.

In the course of his dealings with Emelue, Balogun obtained instrumental payments from him to obtain certificates from authorities handling drugs, anti-terrorism and money laundering issues.

The suspect, who denied the accusation, was allegedly said to have impersonated the Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde and used his name to extort his victim.

Several items were recovered from his house during a search including documents bearing the names of the State Security Service, Central Bank of Nigeria and Insurance companies among others.

Balogun was picked up by operatives of the Commission in Lagos and would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

Nigerian Navy Arrests Two Suspects For Impersonation

images (1)The Nigerian Navy has arrested Yakubu Yussuf, 22 and Shehu Alhassan, 22 both from Kano State for using the same result with the same name to gain admission into the Nigerian Navy Basic Training School, Onne, on June 12, 2014.

The two young Nigerians caught in act of impersonation were paraded by the Nigeria Navy at the Old GRA Police Station, Forces Avenue Port Harcourt, were they had been transferred for prosecution.

According to the P.R.O of the Nigerian Navy Basic Training School, Segun Adebayo, both men who hail from Kano State were found to be using same result with same name to join the batch 23 trainees during the verification exercise.

He revealed that the fraud came to light when Yakubu Yussuf and Shehu Alhassan, the alleged owner of the NECO result both came for the exercise.

One of the suspects admitted that he indeed committed the crime but called it a mistake.

The Police has, however, vowed to use their case as a lesson to serve as a deterrent.

In times of grave security concerns in the country, the Navy noted that this was a call to all security agencies to close their ranks to check possible infiltrators.