Pastor, 4 Others Nabbed For Operating Fake WAEC Centre

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Oyo State Police Commissioner, Mr Abiodun Odude at the state's Police headquarters, Eleyele during the parade of arrested suspected herdsmen over the kidnap of two WAEC officials.
By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos

Five persons which include a Lagos base pastor, a teacher and an undergraduate  have been nabbed by the police in Lagos for operating fake West African Examination Centre (WAEC) centre and hijacking of question papers.

The two other accomplice are teenagers who are professional iron bender and computer operator.
While the pastor identified as Adeniyi Joshua of El- Supreme Church was apprehended in Lagos, others were picked up in Edo ,Ondo and Osun states.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police Edgal Imohimi who paraded the suspects on Friday alleged that the pastor operates a fake WAEC examination centre in Ikorodu area of the state to dupe unsuspecting candidate.
According to the police boss, the pastor runs the centre at El- Supreme Private School located at 3, Oseni Adekogbe Street Igbogbo, Ikorodu, where he collected money and fails to register the candidates with the examination body.
” What this man does is to collect registration fee from unsuspecting candidates, give them fake forms, make them sit for the examination at his centre and finally dump the fake answer papers in his centre”, Edgal explained.
He added that WAEC question papers and answer sheets suspected to be forged were recovered from him.
Commenting on the other
 suspects, Edgal said they sold the question papers and prepared answers to members of the public .
The police boss ,while speaking with journalists on the arrest of the WAEC question  paper syndicate said  ” This is a case of national interest where WAEC questions and answers had been hijacked by syndicates who sell it to members of the public and make huge amount of money from it
They give examination candidates already prepared questions and answers ahead of examinations. ” 
 Based on this intelligence report, I tasked the Decoy Team of the RRS to investigate and ensure the arrest of these sabotuers.”the police boss said 

He added that “investigations revealed that these atrocities were committed through the following websites and Whatsapp:1.  www.ceebook.net – 070691980082.  www.examloaded.com 081625635403.  www.guruscamp.com 081328766644.  www.solutionclass.com  and 080609870415.  www.expotab.com – 09039642826 “

The police boss confirmed that ” Four suspects were tracked and arrested in Edo, Osun and Ondo states in connection with the crime. They are:  Samuel Kayode, ‘m’ 28 years  Adebayo Ifeoluwa, ‘m’ 17 yearsAlayande Ahmed, ‘m’ 16 year and  Elusode Festus, ‘m’ 20 years

The police boss also added that “

Samuel Kayode,  a physics and mathematics teacher in two of the private schools in Ondo State. linked up with those who provided him prepared answers of leaked 2018 examination questions. “

“He created a Whatsapp group called ‘WAEC VIP’ where he shares and sells leaked (expo) questions and answers on request.” the police boss also added 

Edgal also stated that “Adebayo Ifeoluwa, 17 years, a student of Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, also created a Whatsapp group of his own called ‘MCC’ where he share leaked (expo) questions and answers.”

”  Elusode Festus,  20 years, an iron-bender apprentice who resides in Ekpma, Edo State, created two Whatsapp groups named ‘WAEC Home of Expo’ and WAEC VIP’ where he shares questions and answers to students.”the CPalso added 

The police boss noted that ” We discovered that the question papers given by these syndicates are word for word with the ones provided by WAEC for the candidates.”

The four suspects confessed and admitted to have committed the crime. evidence of this was established through their mobile phones.

Effort is in progress to get the owners of the websites to find out how the question papers get out of WAEC office.

The police authority wishes to advise parents, guardians and tutors to guide and monitor their wards not to engage in examination malpractices, but rather, encourage them to face their studies since there is no short way to success.

 

“Also, it is important for the concerned examination bodies to look into this devastating development and take necessary corrective measures to prevent such leakage in future.”the Lagos police boss said 

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