A 19-year-old 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidate identified as Adah Eche, has been exposed by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for allegedly falsifying his UTME result.
The candidate was reportedly paraded by the board’s Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, before newsmen at the JAMB’s Headquarters in Bwari, Abuja.
Adah was said to have originally scored 153 in his UTME but paid an unknown individual the sum of N5,000 to upgrade his score to 290. The Registrar who disclosed this, revealed that the candidate was apprehended by the board, following a visit by a delegation of Public Complaints Commission regarding various complaints by aggrieved candidates who sat for the 2019 UTME.
The letter of complaint written by the candidate to the board concerning his results was one of the three issues the board had chosen to address first. It was then discovered that he had checked his result three consecutive times via 55019 and was replied same with his original result which is 153, yet he insists that he did not know the one with 290 was fake.
Adah Eche, who said that he wrote his UTME at Veritas University Centre, Bwari, also said that he was writing the examination for the first time. According to him, his result was delayed and was not released on time, so he posted on Facebook that he had not seen his result and another Facebook user decided to assist him to get the result.
The candidate maintained that he had never met the man he paid, but decided to pay after he was promised that he can be assisted in getting his results.
The candidate later confessed to paying to upgrade his results, after many evidences were discovered from his phone and another on his computer where he faked 200 score for himself first, before upgrading it to 290. It was also discovered that the candidate had collected money from others and sent to his counterpart for the upgrade of UTME scores.
“He was collecting money from others, we have the transactions on his phone where some send N5000, seeking assistance and sending him their registration number, email addresses and all necessary details to help upgrade their scores, ” Oloyede said.