The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) announced the arrest of a third-year medical student and another undergraduate for attempted impersonation during the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination
The board’s Head of Media and Information, Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this in an interview with journalists on Friday in Lagos, stating that desperate individuals still attempted to commit these offences despite the measures put in place to curb impersonation and other forms of examination malpractice.
He said: “It has come to our notice that a lady was caught at the Rainbow Digital Tech centre, one of the centres for the examination in Kano, trying to impersonate by way of trying to sit for the examination for a candidate.
“On interrogation, it was discovered that the said lady is a medical student at Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto.
He also mentioned another reported case of impersonation in Benin, where the suspect was said to be an undergraduate of the University of Benin. He stressed on the board’s zero tolerance for exam malpractice, saying that the culprits will face the full wrath of the law.
Benjamin claimed that JAMB had recorded much success in the conduct of the ongoing examination, but also accepted that few cases of technical hitches in some of centres had been recorded in terms of facilities and other logistics.
He urged candidates not to panic but to stay abreast of happenings by checking their profiles from time to time, as the board was working to ensure that candidates in such centres are not short-changed by any means. He said that the board would relocate them to new centres for the examination, with new dates.
“The board is not happy with this development as it has been discovered that most of such centres are mainly those situated in secondary schools, with their owners claiming to have perfect facilities on ground before the commencement of the examination. Others involved themselves in one infraction or the other. We are not going to take these issues lightly with defaulting centres and their owners. At the appropriate time, they will be sanctioned,” Benjamin added.