By Austin Ogwuda
ASABA—A cyber café operator at Oleh , Delta State, has been arrested for his alleged involvement in forging NECO stamps and other examination materials.
His co-collaborator was also arrested by the police who acted on a tip off.
The suspects, (names withheld), were arrested during the recent NECO November/December 2010 examination.
Nemesis caught up with them when one of the NECO candidates came to NECO headquarters in Asaba with the aim of having her examination photo cards stamped but it later turned out that one of the photo cards had already been stamped without the knowledge of the Examination Council.
It was during further questioning that the candidate confessed that the photo card was actually stamped by operator of the cyber café at Isoko.
Commenting on the arrest, state officer in charge of the National Examination Council, NECO, Delta State, Mrs. Esther Wuyah, said the two syndicates, who specialized in the forging of NECO stamps and other examination materials, were arrested with the assistance of the police.
Warning the general public against dealing with such fraudsters who claim to be genuine NECO officers, she said: “NECO has zero tolerance for examination malpractices. The Registrar of NECO, Prof. Promise Okpalar, is in the forefront of fighting the menace before, during and after the exams.”