2019 UTME: ‘Professor’ arrested as JAMB exams hold across Nigeria

2019 UTME: ‘Professor’ arrested as JAMB exams hold across Nigeria

- A man who claimed to be a professor, Jide Jisus, was arrested for alleged malpractice

- Jisus was arrested by the monitoring team of the registrar of JAMB in an examination hall at Brix Academy, Jabi, Abuja,

- Jisus's claim that he was selected by JAMB to oversee the exams was found to be false as it was later discovered that his daughter was a candidate in the same centre where he was caught

A man who claimed to be a professor, Jide Jisus, was arrested on Thursday, April 11, for alleged examination malpractice as the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) began across Nigeria.

According to a statement by the spokesperson of JAMB, Fabian Benjamin, Jisus was arrested by the monitoring team of the registrar of JAMB in an examination hall at Brix Academy, Jabi, Abuja, Premium Times reports.

Benjamin said: “His identity was shrouded in dubious tales. He claimed during interrogation that he was one of the professors selected by the board to oversee the conduct of the 2019 UTME.

“He also claimed that he was awarded a professorial position by Christian University, Isolo, Lagos and that he had two professorial awards from “Becket” University England and Freedom University.

“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.”

The examination board’s operational guideline does not allow unauthorised persons into the examination hall.

“The professor was, therefore, not one of those selected by the board to monitor the conduct of the 2019 UTME,” Benjamin stated.

Officials of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), which is organising the examination, and candidates in many centres said the tests took off smoothly.

However, a few hitches were observed at some centres in Abuja and other states on the first day of the examination.

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.

The board said biometric verification is the only mode for the admittance of candidates into the examination centre. However, some candidates were not able to successfully do biometric verification.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that JAMB said it will investigate reported cases of the inability of some candidates to do biometric verification.

“We will look at the cases brought before us to know if they are actual challenges or part of malpractice.

“This is because we discovered that some candidates have done something they intend to take advantage of the biometric verification challenge as an excuse, so we need to ascertain the genuineness of these cases.

"I assure you we are looking at it and would do something,” he said.

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