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JAMB arrests over 50 professional examination writers

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said it has arrested over 50 professional examination writers across the country who sat for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination on behalf of actual candidates for a fee.

The board’s head of media and publicity, Dr Fabian Benjamin Tuesday said the arrest was made following some intelligence gathering by the board.

According to him, some of the fraudsters are master’s degree holders, postgraduate and undergraduate students of tertiary institutions.

“These professional writers connived with some Computer-Based Test centre owners to perpetuate this crime through engaging in multiple registrations whereby the fingerprints of the actual candidates and their impersonators are captured side by side”, he said.

Benjamin said that one of the apprehended impersonators confessed to the multiple registrations of his biometric along with several other candidates preparing to the UTME with the intention to sit the exam on behalf of their in exchange for a hefty sum of money.

JAMB further said due to the development, it would revalidate the biometrics of candidates that have taken its examination in recent times.

“This timely action would enable the board to not only fish out and dismantle this registration cartels and racketeers but also bring them to book along with their collaborators,” the JAMB spokesman said.

He said the board had set up the machinery to effect the arrest and prosecute all those involved in the crime.


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