The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has apprehended a candidate who registered for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination 64 times as ghost writer for candidates.
The arrest is in addition to 99 others made on close circuit cameras deployed by the board across the Computer Based Test centres, while the examination lasted.
Although their names were not mentioned in the weekly bulletin produced by the board, their arrest followed a comprehensive identity checks carried out by JAMB on those who took the examination nationwide.
“We have arrested a notorious cheat who registered about 64 times in a bid to “ghost-write” for 64 candidates.
“No fewer than 100 examination cheats have so far been arrested by security operatives across the country.
“These fraudsters engaging in multiple registrations to facilitate impersonation during the examination, we have found, is inflating annual registration of the UTME exercise for up to 30 percent,” JAMB said in its Monday bulletin released by its Head of Information, Fabian Benjamin.
Beyond this, JAMB has ruled out the release of results of any candidate found to have engaged in malpractices.
It noted that CCT captured all activities during the examination, and that the results were undergoing screening before it would be released soon.
It warned that those who may get their results should not celebrate in a hurry as it could cancel them “even after release if found that they were gotten in dubious ways.
“The board would continue to act decisively with regard to any irregularity discovered even after results are released.
“However, the board has made it a point of duty to screen all activities at all centres via CCTV recordings before releasing the results to ensure that it does not release the results of compromised examinations,” the bulletin added.
JAMB also said it cancelled the results of two Computer Based Test (CBT) centres in Abia State over what it described as “widespread irregularities” during the conduct of the 2019 UTME.
It insisted that “all the results of the examination sessions conducted in the two centres from April 11 to 18, 2019 were null and void.”
It gave the names of the centres as Heritage and Infinity CBT centre and Okwyzil Computer Institute Comprehensive School Ugwunabo, Aba, Abia State.
According to the examination body, the drastic action was necessitated by the visual evidence obtained from a careful review of the CCTV recordings by a panel of experts engaged by the board.
“However, in order not to unduly punish honest and hardworking candidates who found themselves attached to these two centres, the voard magnanimously relocated all the candidates who had taken or were scheduled to take their examination in the two centres to other centres where they had subsequently taken their examinations,” it said.
JAMB apologised to innocent candidates involved in the relocation for inconveniences they may have suffered and reaffirmed its avowed commitment to providing equal opportunity to all candidates to articulate their hopes and aspirations.