2018 UTME: JAMB Arrests Over 50 ‘Professional’ Impersonators


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on Monday, said it has arrested over 50 professionals who specializes in writing examination for candidates for a fee.

The board’s weekly official bulletin, tagged: “JAMBULLETIN”, signed by Fabian Benjamin, the board’s Head, Media and Information, disclosed this in Lagos.

Over 1.8 million candidates are expected to sit for the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, which commenced nationwide on April 11.

According to the bulletin, as a result of the various intelligence gathering mechanism, the board was able to uncover and arrest over 50 of such fraudulent persons in centres across the country.

It noted that some of the suspects were Master’s Degree holders and undergraduates of tertiary institutions in the country.

The bulletin said the suspects connived with some Computer Based Test centre owners to perpetuate the crime, by engaging in multiple registrations whereby the fingerprints of the actual candidates and their impersonators are captured side by side.

“The modus operandi of these UTME syndicates was confirmed when one of the kingpins was apprehended recently.

“On interrogation, he confessed to the multiple registrations of his biometrics alongside other several potential candidates preparing to sit for the examination, in exchange for a huge sum of money.

“This development led to the decision of the board to revalidate all biometrics of candidates that have taken the board’s examination in recent times.

“This timely action will enable the board to not only fish out and dismantle this registration cartels and racketeers but also bring them to book along with their collaborators,” it said.

The bulletin added that another shocking discovery by the board was that a substantial portion of the UTME application documents, was composed of the fake registration.

JAMB further noted that the unwholesome application had the singular effect of inflating the total statistical data of candidates’ registration that amounted to over 30 percent of the 1.8 million that registered for the 2019 UTME.

“The board in a bid to live up to its billings has therefore resolved to set machinery in motion to effect the arrest and prosecution of all those involved in the unwholesome act, capable of subverting the sanctity of the entire examination process,” the bulletin added

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