From Joseph Inokotong, Abuja
A Cameroonian and Beninese who attempted to participate in the on-going Computer-Based Aptitude Test for recruitment into the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) have been arrested.
They were apprehended at the Ilupeju Centre of the exercise by officers of the Ministry of Interior who were monitoring the CBT exercise, and have been interrogated, profiled and referred to ACG zone A for further action.
In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, Mohammed Manga Director (Press & Public Relations) said:
‘Reports reaching us show that, at the Ilupeju Centre of the exercise, some officers of the Ministry who were monitoring the CBT exercise, screened out two non- Nigerians, a Cameroonian and Beninore who attempted to participate in the recruitment test.
‘They have therefore been interrogated, profiled and referred to ACG zone A for further action.’
He added that the Minister of Interior in continuation of his stakeholders’ engagement activities in Osun state, yesterday made a surprising stop over to inspect the on-going Computer-Based Aptitude Test for recruitment into the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) with a view to having an on-the-spot assessment of the exercise.
At the exercise which is holding at the JAMB CBT Centre in Hollaram Educational Centre, Akure, Ondo State, the Minister said the Buhari administration is fully committed to ensuring transparency in the recruitment process of the Services under the Ministry of Interior
According to him, ‘with the introduction of the computer-based aptitude test innovation, the era of stampede and pandemonium during recruitment exercises has been completely wiped out”.
He noted that ‘there is now an assurance of confidence, credibility, equity and integrity in the process on the part of both the examiners and applicants.’
Ogbeni Aregbesola, who stated that scripts will solely be marked and graded by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), added that there will therefore be no ‘hanky panky’ in the exercise as ‘eagle-eyed’ officers have been deployed all over the centres across the country to monitor the exercise.
Speaking earlier, the Deputy Director, JAMB, Ondo State, Mr Babatunde Bamisaye Benjamin, commended the innovation introduced by the present Administration in the recruitment exercise of the Services under the Ministry of Interior.
While noting that COVID-19 guidelines and protocols are being closely observed as advised by relevant authorities, he added that with the involvement of the reputable body, credibility is assured for the exercise which has been divided into three segments of 750 candidates made up of 250 candidates per segment.
Also speaking, a candidate for Nigeria Immigration Service CBT examination, Mr Akimoladun Tolulope, applauded the innovation introduced by the Buhari administration, saying it would ensure that merit is given a chance in the recruitment of candidates into the Service.