- Umar Sani reportedly specialises in writing JAMB for multiple candidates
- Sani was, however, arrested on Saturday while trying to gain access to a JAMB centre to write exam for another candidate
- Sani’s arrest was reportedly confirmed by the JAMB registrar, Oloyede, who said the board remained committed to eradicating malpractices from the examination
A man identified as Umar Sani has been arrested in Sokoto state for malpractice as the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) continue on Saturday, April 13.
Sani reportedly works as a professional examination mercenary who specialises in writing JAMB tests for multiple candidates.
According to Premium Times, officials of the Joint Examination Matriculation Board (JAMB) said Sani was arrested at about 8am on Saturday, April 13, as he made to access a centre at the Umaru Ali Shinkafi Polytechnic to sit the examination for another of his clients.
Legit.ng gathers that Sani was identified and arrested by a JAMB monitoring team, led by the registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, which has been visiting centres across the country to oversee the conduct of the ongoing UTME.
The JAMB officials said he has been handed over to a police team from the Federal Intelligence and Investigation Bureau.
However, Sani before he was caught Saturday morning, had in the past days sat for the examination for candidates Umar Abdullahi, Danladi Lawal, and Danlami Suleiman Abdullahi.
Despite JAMB' use of biometric verification to check candidates into its Computer-Based Test Centres, Sani found a way to circumvent the arrangement.
“When his clients registered for the examination, he donated some of his fingers to them when their biometric was taken,” Ahmad Mohammed, a JAMB official, who witnessed the arrest, said. “He then used those fingers to beat our biometric system.”
Sani’s arrest was also reportedly confirmed by the JAMB registrar, Oloyede, who said the board remained committed to eradicating malpractices from the matriculation examination.
“He (Sani) will surely be prosecuted,” Oloyede said. “That I can assure you.”
The Sokoto arrest came two days after man who claimed to be a professor, Jide Jisus, was caught for alleged examination malpractice at an Abuja centre.
JAMB's spokesman, Fabian Benjamin, said Jisus was apprehended by the monitoring team of the registrar of JAMB in an examination hall at Brix Academy, Jabi, Abuja.
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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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