Buhari’s anti-corruption fight targets UTME candidates as Jamb intensifies probe – The anti-corruption fight of President Muhammadu Buhari is in full swing on candidates of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) as the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has intensified probe into cases of malpractices during the computer based test.
Financial Watch gathered JAMB; the examination body is seriously vetting the results of the 2019 UTME which explains why the results of the examination are yet to be released.
Already, The Registrar of JAMB, Professor Ishaq Oloyede has warned that thousands of candidates who sat for this year’s UTME would have their results withheld for engaging in examination malpractices.
No fewer than 100 candidates were arrested nationwide by security operatives for various examination malpractices.
Our correspondent learnt that the suspects were apprehended by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and would be charged to court at the completion of investigations.
The board confirmed the arrest in a bulletin released on Monday, noting that the crimes ranged from multiple registrations, ghost writing to impersonation.
It said, “No fewer than 100 candidates have been picked up by security agencies nationwide as part of efforts to sanitise the examination process. Among those arrested was a candidate who registered 64 times in a bid to take the examination for 64 candidates, since the examination ran for seven days and had an average of three shifts per day per centre.
“The arrests of the culprits were made possible by the compulsory identity checks conducted on the candidates, with a view to fishing out professional ghost writers.”
The Board have also launched investigations into the credentials of applicants dating back to 2009 who in one way or the other involved in examination malpractices.
This implies that persons who cheated the system to pass the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination to get into school and may have even graduated and participated in the National Youth Service Corps will be arrested and their certificates withdrawn.