Reports arriving from the Joint Admission And Matriculation Board, JAMB, confirms that as part of the board’s strict measures to curb examination malpractice, many, in thousands, who wrote the University Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, will not get their results as the board will withhold them due to examination malpractice.
Professor Ishaq Oloyede, the Registrar of JAMB who has worked commendably to ensure everything went smoothly, made the statement in Lagos on Tuesday during the arrest of two children who are owned by a Lagos based owner of a Computer Based Test, CBT, center. The children were arrested for selling fake UTME questions and answers to which they pleaded guilty.
The center, known as Risk Global Company Limited, is located on 300, Ikorodu Road, Anthony Village and it’s owned by a former bank identified as Emeka Ukpai.
The two arrested children of Ukpai, Godswill Ukpai and David Ukpai are his first and second son respectively. According to them, while they confessed, they took pictures of the questions on the screens while the examinations were on going and they would later sell the questions to an owner of a private lesson centre in Lagos.
The name of the lesson center as given by them is Embassy and they and the unidentified owner of the lesson centre had been in the business of bringing candidates to their CBT centre for their registration and examination.
The father of the suspects, Ukpai expressed his regret at his children and said he consents to them being tried in the court of law.
He said; “They are old enough to face the music for their actions. They are only allowed into the hall in the morning to help power the computer systems before examination starts. How they got themselves involved in this mess I cannot explain and I feel that they should be tried appropriately.
“It is very unfortunate and regrettable.”
The father confirmed that the first son, Godswill is a recent Accounting graduate of Abia State University while the second son, David was supposed to sit for the UTME on Wednesday by 1:30 PM, after failing to pass the examination The previous year.
The arrest didn’t end there as one Obinna Ebere who is a staff of the CBT centre also confessed to being an accomplice in the criminal activity. Obinna who is still a student is an HND 2 student of the Department of Civil Engineering at Yaba College of Technology, and in his confessions, he revealed he too was in the business of selling the photos of the questions from the screen to the tutorial centre, Embassy.
To worsen the situation for Obinna, a check on his mobile phone showed his business dealings and conversations with the accomplice, the man who owned the tutorial centre, and it was also revealed that he sold some of the questions for N5,000.
Professor Ishaq Oloyede who apprehended the suspects during an unscheduled monitoring exercise at the centre, said CCTV installed at the centre and connected to JAMB headquarters exposed the criminal activities of the suspects.
He said the suspects, who are not JAMB officials, were not allowed access into the hall during the examination, and therefore, they usually used the opportunity of the ownership of the centre to illegally gain access.
However, to further dash the hopes of candidates who had purchased the UTME questions and answers, the professor noted that what they were selling to their “customers” was not authentic because each question set for a candidate cannot be repeated until after five years.
He maintained the board’s commitment to ensuring the integrity of its examination and that his efforts are yielding good results.
He said also that in other to make their criminal activities not to be suspected, the suspects had tried to cover the CCTV at the centre, but the one at the JAMB office in Abuja gave them out.
He gave the information that more than 100 suspects connected to malpractices have been arrested so far during the examination which is scheduled to end on Wednesday. Professor Oloyede said the deployment of technology has helped to curb malpractice a great measure.
“When a whole professor was sent here as a supervisor, they didn’t know what we meant. The sacrifice by this eminent personalities is to ensure that there is no compromise.
“Prof. Kabir Usman is a former Director of CMD in Lagos and you can see how perfectly he has helped to apprehend these fraudsters. If we had sent a young person, may be they would have just offered the individual N10,000 and the rot would be covered.
“I can assure you that thousands of these candidates wouldn’t have their results released this year because we have caught them red-handed. That is why we would not release any result until we have viewed all the recordings on the CCTV installed across the over 700 centres.”
Meanwhile, Mr Oloyede announced on the spot that the centre was immediately suspended, and that candidates who were scheduled to take part in the examination at the centre on Wednesday would be rescheduled to other centres.
“The affected candidates would soon receive text messages on where they would sit their examination tomorrow,” he said.
The suspects were immediately handed over to the police.