Written by Godfrey AKON

JAMB undeterred by post examination fraud- Oloyede

As police arrest another candidate of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, for allegedly raising his scores from 162 to 206, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has said it would not be intimidated into silence by those behind the campaign to smear the board and its registrar. 

JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, who stated this in Abuja, said there was a campaign of calumny against the board by some individuals whom have vested interest based on the outcome of the 2019 UTME.

Oloyede said about 80 people are currently being prosecuted for such offence, noting that the board under his watch would not rest in the fight against organised syndicates who are falsifying results.

His remarks followed the arrest and parade of a 27-year-old candidate, Cletus Ayibantoye Kokowas, from Bayels state, for allegedly raising his UTME scores from 162 to 206.

Cletus had engaged the services of a syndicate to falsify his result after the syndicate sent him a message that his result could be upgraded with certain marks if he could pay N10, 000.

The youngster who confessed to the crime, said “I asked them if they can prove it. I sent them my registration number and email address that if they can do it, they should prove it.”

He also noted that when the result was out and he checked, “it was 206 then,” adding, “he called me that he had upgraded it that I should pay him the money, and I said I did not have the money.”

Cletus said he came to the JAMB headquarters to check the record if his score was 162 or 206, and if the syndicate was right or he was being fraudulent.

JAMB Registrar, Oloyede, however, said the candidate would be handed over to the security operatives for proper investigation.

He said “When we started interrogating him, the boy confessed what he did. We are saying anybody that has a complaint should come forward.

“We cancelled results when candidates do what they are not supposed to do, but this one has forged result and cancelling result is not the punishment.”

Oloyede lamented that the country is in serious trouble if candidates like Cletus succeeded in gaining admission with such forged results.



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