The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) has commenced investigation into alleged malpractices during the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) which was conducted across the country.
Olubukola Balogun, one of the members of Board of the commission, revealed this to newsmen in Abuja.
According to Balogun, the commission is investigating the alleged malpractice by candidates, who were sometimes aided by their parents and professional examination writers. She said the commission is doing a lot to investigate the matter.
“We have the mandate for investigation, prosecution and prevention. We are putting everything together for JAMB. I can assure you that we will get there. The commission is going to know what happened and how we can prevent it in the future,” she stated.
Balogun said anyone found guilty would be prosecuted, stressing that “those that err, after our investigation, we are going to prosecute.”
Describing examination malpractice as an act of corruption, Balogun stated that such activity would not be allowed to thrive in the country’s education system.
“There is corruption everywhere; therefore, we have to go back to the drawing board and we have to all come together for this fight against the scourge,” she stated.
It is recalled that the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) had reported that JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, had at an event revealed that some desperate parents were in the habit of paying up to ten persons to sit for the examination of just one child.
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