- One of the websites indicted by a Punch report for sending exam answers to paying candidates has sent a threat to the journalist who conducted the investigation
- The threat was sent shortly after the report was published, from an encrypted number
- The matter has been reported to the Police; and an investigation will be launched to uncover the identity of the sender(s) and effect arrests
After reporting about exam malpractice being perpetrated in the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination, a Punch correspondent received a threat.
It read: “Hello dear, you have done your part. Nice investigation. Now, it’s my turn to do my thing. Mind people you step into…you are in Nigeria, not USA. Expect us. Thank you.”
NAIJ.com gathers that the message was sent from an number encrypted as ‘CRACK MIND’, and was received at 1pm on Wednesday, April 25.
The publication had reported that some students sitting for the WASSCE exam had cheated by subscribing to answer-peddling websites which boasted of getting questions before the commencement of the exams.
The websites are examcrown.com, examsort.com, naijaclass.com, waecexpo.com andguruslodge.com
They advertised various rates for different subjects and urged pupils to subscribe in bulk to get discounts. They also displayed the testimonials of candidates who got excellent results after using their services.
To investigate the matter, the correspondent had subscribed to five different websites for answers to the Commerce exam which was written on Tuesday, April 24.
The site’s operators also demanded that MTN recharge cards be sent to their phone numbers, which are 09069072051, 07063609771, 08167593558, 07032581573 and 08154766482. They further demanded N800 to send direct SMS of the answers to candidates’ phones, and N400 for link to the answer websites.
The correspondent noted that the websites did as they promised and indeed delivered the answers to both the objective and theory questions through text messages and their portals.
The threat was sent to the correspondent by one of the websites, shortly after the report was published. The correspondent reported the case and was asked to report the threat to the nearest police station, by the Ogun state police public relations officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi.
The PRO said the police could investigate and get all the suspects arrested, even though the sender’s contact was encrypted.
On his part, SP Chike Otti, the Lagos state police public relations officer, said the threat should not be taken lightly.
He stated: “I have informed the state commissioner of police, Edgal Imohimi, about your case and he has asked that you come to the command to report for investigation to begin into the matter. Upon their arrest, their activities will be revealed. That way, we will be able to annul their plans. Threats should not be taken lightly because a lot of journalists have been killed this way.”
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that an investigation by the Punch newspaper revealed how some candidates sitting for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination had perfected the art of getting cheap grades through some websites which obtain questions before the start of exams.
A teacher, who did not want to be identified, said that he was shocked to discover such services were freely advertised on the internet.
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