Jamb declares no result for candidates involved in examination malpractice
Many of candidates who sat for the ongoing 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination may have their results withheld for participating in examination malpractices in jamb.
The head of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Ishaq Oloyede, announced this in Lagos on Wednesday during the arrest of 2 children of the owner of a computer-based test (CBT) centre, who made a confession of selling fake UTME questions and answers to jamb candidates.
The centre identified as Risk Global Company Limited, that is located on 300, Ikorodu Road, Anthony Village, is said to be registered and owned by a former banker, Emeka Ukpai.
The suspects namely Godswill Ukpai and David Ukpai, are the first and second son of the said owner of the center Emeka upkai. They confessed to taking pictures of UTME questions on the screens while the jamb examinations is going on at their father’s centre, and they sold that same questions to an unidentified owner of a private tutorial centre in Lagos.
They made mention of the name of the tutorial centre as Embassy, and that the unidentified operator of the tutorial centre usually brings people to their centre for registration and examination.
Their father with our team said he regretted that his two sons took part in examination malpractice in jamb. He also gave his consents to them being taken to the court of law.
He stated that; “They are matured enough to face the consequences for their crime. They are only given access into the centre hall in the morning to help boot the computer systems before examination kicks off. How engage themselves in this crime I cannot explain and I recommend that they should be charged and tried appropriately. It is very very unfortunate and shameful, he stated.
He said noted that the first son Godswill just passed out from Abia State University month’s ago, where he read Accounting, while David the second son did not pass the UTME last year and he is registered to take the the jamb examination by 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.GoTV Nigeria: Subscription, Payment, self service,Customer Care, Channels
Also apprehended was the CBT centre’s technical staffer, Obinna Ebere, who also was accused of hcommitting same offence.
Mr Ebere, HND II undergraduate of the Department of Civil Engineering at Yaba College of Technology, also confessed that he had been selling the screenshots of the utme questions to Embassy Tutorial Centre.
An investigation conducted on his mobile phone also revealed his chat with the tutorial centre owner and how he collected N5,000 for some of the questions.
Mr Oloyede, who arrested the suspects during an unscheduled monitoring exercise carried out in the centre, said CCTV installed at the centre of the examination and connected to JAMB headquarters, had exposed the suspects.
According to him, the suspects, who were not legitimately authorised by the examination board to enter the hall or conduct any activity during the examination, always take advantage of ownership of the centre to illegally gain access to the jamb examination hall and conduct the malpractice.
He, however, said that what they were given out to their “customers” is not authentic because each question set for a candidate will not be repeated until after a period of five years.
Mr Oloyede said the board is bent on ensuring the integrity of its examination and good conduct, and also that his efforts are bringing out positive results.
He that the said the suspects had tried to cover the CCTV mounted at the centre, but the one at the JAMB head office in Abuja gave them out.
According to the jamb registrar, more than 100 suspects have been apprehended so far during the jamb examination which is supposed to end on Wednesday. He praised the introduction of technology in the system and made mention of how it has helped to curb examination malpractice in jamb greatly.
“When a whole professor was sent here to monitor the jamb examination, they didn’t know what we are up to. The sacrifice by this eminent individuals is to ensure that there is no compromise.
“Prof. Kabir Usman is a former Director of CMD in Lagos and you can see how easy it was for him to help and apprehend these fraudsters. If we had sent an ordinary person, may be they would have just given the individual N10,000 and the eaxamibation malpractice in jamb hall would be covered.
“I can assure you that many of these candidates caught taken part in examination malpractice in jamb utme wouldn’t have their results released this year because we have caught them and they can’t escape it. That is the main reason why we would not release any result until when we have viewed all the recordings on the CCTV installed across the over 700 centres where the examination held.”
Meanwhile, Mr Oloyede disclosed on the spot that the centre was immediately put on suspension, and that candidates who were billed to take part in the jamb examination at the centre on Wednesday would be taken to other centres.
“The affected candidates would soon receive a text messages on where they would have their examination tomorrow,” he said.
The suspects, with no delay were immediately handed over to the police.