- The delay in the release of 2019 UTME results is due to massive fraud and impersonation perpetrated during the exam
- According to JAMB, it is screening the whole result to make sure nobody engaged in the illicit act goes scot free
- The board, however, assured that the results would be released after the necessary screening process
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has revealed factors responsible for the delay in the release of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results.
Reacting to the escalating conversation surrounding the delay, JAMB’s head of information Fabian Benjamin on Thursday, April 17, said the temporary constraint was because some candidates were caught for massive fraud and impersonation, hence the delay.
He, however, gave the assurance that the results would be released after the board has completed the necessary screening process.
He said: “We will not release the results in a hurry. We will do a lot of crosschecking and matchmaking to be sure that nobody that was engaged in illicit act will go scot free.
“We will release the results as soon as we finish checking the results to ensure that all those ones that we caught in various illicit registration acts are properly dealt with and those that we could not arrest are withheld.
“We will release the results when we finish doing our screening. We are screening the whole results. We don’t have the numbers now but we won’t release any result until we are sure of the whole thing."
Benjamin, who said as at the time of the examination over 100 people were nabbed for impersonation, vowed the the board would not leave any stone upturned in the prosecution of the suspects.
He also said the board would look into the several reports of biometrics failures in some of its centres nationwide.
"We are picking them across the nation. As at today, we have picked up over a hundred candidates and we are still picking.
“Though we may not be able to pick all of them because of logistics problem and the state but what we are doing now for those we could not pick who may have written the exam and gone, we are fishing them out true their result," he said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that JAMB on Monday, April 15, disclosed that not less than 50 professional UTME writers who write for candidates as their business have been arrested.
Revealing the development, Fabian Benjamin, JAMB's spokesman, said that the culprits' arrest was aided by in-house intelligence information, adding that some of them are both second degree holders and undergraduates in universities.
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