A man who claimed to be a professor, Jide Jisus, was on Thursday arrested for alleged examination malpractice as the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for this year began across Nigeria.
According to a statement by the spokesperson of JAMB, Fabian Benjamin, Mr Jisus was apprehended by the monitoring team of the registrar of JAMB in an examination hall at Brix Academy, Jabi, Abuja.
He claimed during interrogation that he was one of the professors selected by the Board to oversee the conduct of the 2019 UTME,” Mr Benjamin said in the statement.
“He similarly claimed to be a staff of Anchor Polytechnic, Kubwa, Abuja, an institution that does not exist. According to him, he said he is the president of the United Nigeria Chaplin Institute of Peace Academy.
“However, it was discovered that he had a daughter who was taking the 2019 UTME in the same centre where he was caught.”
Some other hitches observed on Thursday had to do with the verification of the biometrics of candidates and ban of writing materials from the examination centres.
According to the process of the examination, candidates are supposed to do their biometric verification before and after the examination.
Responding to the issues, JAMB’s spokesperson, Mr Benjamin, said the board was aware of the “antics of the candidates claiming they have biometric problems and we are watching closely.
“How will you thumbprint in and cannot thumb print out? We will address all the issues, ” he said.
According to him, “we are not supposed to provide pencils, and if you come with suspected one, we are not supposed to allow you to go in with it.”