The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has caught an individual described as a “notorious cheat” who registered for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination 64 times, with the intention of writing the examination for 64 candidates.
According to the examination board, no fewer than one hundred examination cheats have so far been arrested by security operatives across the country during the just concluded 2019 UTME.
JAMB complained that the multiple registrations inflate annual registration for the 2019 UTME exercise by up to thirty per cent.
In the examination board’s Weekly Bulletin which was released in Abuja on Monday by its spokesperson, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, JAMB stated that the fraudsters were engaged in multiple registrations to facilitate impersonation during the examination.
JAMB also said that the data available to it showed that the practice was prevalent in virtually all the states of the country, including Abuja.
Among the people arrested was a notorious cheat who had registered sixty-four times in a bid to ghost-write for sixty-four UTME candidates, JAMB revealed.
JAMB stated that the arrest of the offenders was made possible by the comprehensive amd mandatory identity checks conducted on those taking the examination, with a view to fishing out professional ghost writers before the release of the results.
The examination board also said it had cancelled the results of two Computer Based Test centres in Abia state over what it described as “widespread irregularities” during the 2019 UTME.