2021 UTME: JAMB nabs 14 impersonators in CCTV footage

Posted On 27 Jul 2021
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2021 UTME: JAMB nabs 14 impersonators in CCTV footage


Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has commenced a review of CCTV footage installed at all Computer Based Test (CBT) Centres used during the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The board said the objective of the CCTV review was to do thorough checks on what transpired during the UTME exercise, to ensure that the credibility of the system was maintained. It was also to check the adequacy or otherwise of the security measures put in place to forestall examination infractions.

JAMB spokesman, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, in a statement released in Abuja, yesterday, said that the CCTV review exercise uncovered 14 candidates who were impersonated during the examination.

He, thus, announced that the results of the 14 candidates have been withdrawn, and they would be handed over to security agencies for further investigation and prosecution.

Dr. Fabian said that one of the candidates, Attama Lawrence Ikedichukwu, was caught for acts bordering on impersonation.

He explained: “Investigations revealed that Mr. Lawrence hired a professional examination taker to sit the examination on his behalf. However, luck ran out on him when the board’s post-examination processes discovered that he had been impersonated in the cause of the examination.

“On further scrutiny, other hidden dimensions to the case were also unraveled which the candidate admitted to in the cause of perpetuating the fraudulent act.

“Following management’s consideration and approval of the recommendations of the investigators, the result of Mr. Attama Lawrence Ikedichukwu, whose examination was taken on his behalf at the University of Nigeria, MTN Library, Nsukka, Enugu State, on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, during the second session of the examination for that day, has been withdrawn.”

The board, thus, warned that Attama’s case might just be the first of the many that would be unearthed in the cause of the review, as many more infractions might yet come to light.

The board reminded candidates that it would painstakingly scrutinize the entire examination process with the condition that results obtained through fraudulent means would be withheld and, after a thorough investigation, canceled as the case may be.

“In the meantime, the board is engaged in the viewing and assessment of all CCTV footage of the examination as well as the adequacy or otherwise of the security measures put in place to forestall examination infractions.

“Already, a top security officer, who had facilitated the forgery of the board’s admission letter, is being investigated for possible culpability and subsequent prosecution,”

he said.

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