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2019 UTME: candidate nabbed for falsifying scores

By Akon Etumukwa


A 19-year old candidate who sat for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) one Adah Eche, has been arrested for fraudulently raising his scores from 153 to 290.


Eche, who was paraded before newsmen in Abuja yesterday, had fallen victim to activities of fraudsters on Facebook and WhatsApp after encountering an advertisement the conmen circulated.


The text of the advertisement obtained by Scannews read, “Do you want to upgrade your 2019 JAMB results? Is your scores too poor for admission into any of the universities, then contact the following numbers (phone numbers were given).”


Eager to raise his scores, he hurriedly contacted the fraudsters, paid them and upgraded his marks from the 153 scores he obtained during the examination to 290.


Eche thereafter, wrote a letter to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) informing them that they made a mistake in his scores earlier released and that his main scores were 290.


However, upon investigation, JAMB found out that copies of the result he submitted to the board, were forged and therefore fake.


Eche was then lured to Abuja by JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, to come for his admission letter at the headquarters where he was eventually apprehended and paraded before newsmen yesterday.


The candidate was also alleged to be carrying fake senior secondary school results as he could hardly communicate in simple English while being interviewed.


He was also said to be encouraging other candidates who scored below the cut off marks to upgrade theirs as well in order for them to gain admission. Details of the transaction and communication with other unsuspecting candidates who were interested in the act were found in his cell phone.

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