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UTME: Police arrest syndicate

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Folashade Adebayo and Olaleye Aluko

A UTME candidate, a graduate and a computer-based test centre owner in Abuja were on Friday handed over to the police for alleged examination malpractice.

The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who spoke with one of our correspondents on Friday, said the trio was arrested for planning to superimpose two fingers (thumbs) of the graduate over eight fingers of the candidate during the conduct of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

According to the JAMB, the UTME which commenced on Saturday will end on May 20.

More than 57,000 candidates wrote the UTME on Saturday across the 624 centres as the examination was conducted nationwide.

Oloyede, who inspected some centres in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, confirmed that four centres had hitches, ranging from malfunctioning computer sets to examination malpractices.

The affected places, according to him, were two centres in Kano State, and one each in Bauchi and Edo states.

Speaking on the arrest, Oloyede said, “Three of them were arrested today and you can imagine the extent that some people will go to commit fraud. The CBT owner registered eight fingers of the candidate and two fingers of the graduate such that the computer will recognise and allow both of them to sit for the same examination. This happened despite all the checks that we put in place to prevent exam malpractice.’’

Oloyede added that the board was not responsible for posting candidates to distant centres, noting that candidates chose their respective centres during registration.

He said candidates who are members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church were exempted from the Saturday exams, and would start theirs on Monday.

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