Posted on Fri 2 Oct 2020, 07:53 PM

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has arrested a police officer, Etim Israel, for allegedly engaging a mercenary to write the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for him.

JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede disclosed this during a news briefing in Abuja on Friday.

Prof. Oloyede, said the policeman is one of the 657 candidates that requested for change of picture in their registration profiles without cogent reasons.

According Prof. Oloyede, the Police Constable who is  serving in the Akwa Ibom State Command, registered for the examination with his name while the mercenary used his picture and other biometric details to sit for the exam on his behalf.

He was said to have scored over 240 in the examination and decided to commence the admission process.

However, trouble started when he was told that the process won’t sail through because of the disparity in the picture, which prompted him to visit the JAMB office for correction, a move that landed him in waterloo.

The Policeman, who said he applied to study Fishery at the Akwa Ibom State University in the 2020 UTME, told newsmen on Friday in Abuja, that he paid N30,000 to engage the services of the mercenary (a teacher), one Emmanuel- now on the run, to sit for the exam as he was away on special duties.

He however, pleaded with the exam body to temper justice with mercy.

Prof. Oloyede, however, said the Board may not have the capacity to ensure the robust prosecution of all those involved in impersonation during the UTME but will select some from across the country to face the wrath of the law.

 

 

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