JAMB arrests 19-year-old candidate for dubious upgrading UTME score.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Monday evening paraded one Adah Eche, a 19-year-old admission seeker who allegedly falsified his Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result.
“We decided to pick three out of the complainants to address their issues and he happened to be the first person we picked and he actually wrote a letter of complaint to us knowingfully well that he faked his result.
“What we did was invite him to come and pick his admission letter and he came.
“Now, what such people do not know is that we have a barcode for every result which helps us verify its authenticity, but this fake one has the barcode of a supermarket and was saying invalid barcode on our own platform.
“We have checked our own platform and seen where he has checked his result three consecutive times via 55019 and was replied same with his original result which is 153, yet he insists that he did not know the one with 290 was fake,” he said.
Oloyede further explained that the suspect confessed to the crime after many evidences were discovered from his phone and another on his computer where he faked 200 score for himself first, before upgrading it to 290.
“He was collecting money from others, we have the transactions on his phone where some send N5000, seeking assistance and sending him their registration number, email addresses and all necessary details to help upgrade their scores
“These people do not know we have installed features that help us track all these things that is why we insist that aggrieved candidates should come to us with the proof and credentials and we will sort this out, yet they refuse,” he said
The Registrar said that the board’s website “www.jamb.org” had a platform where people could lodge in their complaints and the board was working on a daily basis to ensure that the issues were responded to at all cost.
“So far, we have treated 36,275 tickets that were raised from the platform, 36,247 have been closed and we have just 28 issues that were yet to be resolved.
” For instance, today alone, we had 143 queries out of which we treated 118, only 25 have not been treated.
”We continue to ask that all issues should be raised online and we will treat these on a daily basis, yet people prefer to gatecrash,” he said.
“He later asked me to send N3000 so that he can submit the result for me but after I did, he never picked my calls again, he blocked me on whatsapp and later, his number was not connecting.
”I didn’t know it was a fake result, he also asked me to inform others and let them send money so that he could help them do the upgrade too, that’s why those transactions are there.
”I didn’t know one could write the examination more than once or else, I would not have tried this or I would have used the 153 to seek for admission in the polytechnic, but it was the man that convinced me.
”My advice to others is that they should stop such illicit acts, there’s no such thing as JAMB upgrade.”