According to reports, heads are set to roll across the nation as the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has launched a probe into the credentials of applicants dating back to 2019.
Dr. Fabian Benjamin, Head, Media and Information of the examination board made this known during an interview with pressmen on Monday.
He said the probe had begun and it would be completed in record time as JAMB has acquired software which would be able to identify fake biometric data.
“We want to do what we call biometric verification dating as far back as ten years. Even if you are now working and we discovered that someone wrote exams for you, we will publish your name and law agencies will do the needful.
“We have the biometrics from ten years ago. We will compare the photos with thumbprints and names. We discovered that a candidate could have written exams with thirty different names,” Benjamin stated.
Explaining how impersonation occurs, he added by saying, “This is how they operate; my name is Fabian Benjamin, but I will register as Abdullahi Musa and write exams for Abdullahi Musa, but I will use Fabian Benjamin’s picture and biometric data; only the name will be different.
“I will register as John David, as Austin Steven. I will register in the name of anyone that pays me, write exams for that person, but I will use my picture.
“What this means is that when I get into the hall, the biometric data verification will allow me to enter, but I will write the exam for someone else.
“The person for whom exams are written would get into the university and, of course, most universities don’t use the pictures of JAMB during admissions. But what we want to enforce now is that the institutions must use the picture of the person.
“We will give the institution the photo and it must match. In fact, only our picture must be accepted by the institution.”
Dr. Benjamin concluded by saying that JAMB had been able to arrest over 100 people across the country for examination malpractice during the just concluded 2019 UTME.
He added that the examination board had written a letter to the Attorney-General of the Federation for advice on their prosecution.
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