The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said that no fewer than eighty Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates are undergoing prosecution for various cases of malpractice and fraud in the 2019 examination.
Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, JAMB Registrar, disclosed this in a meeting with newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, saying that apart from the 80 standing trial, a number of candidates had been jailed for malpractices in the last two months.
He noted that although the board spent a lot of money on the ongoing prosecution, it was worth it so that the examination system in the country would be sanitised.
“We believe there is an organised and sponsored campaign against the UTME for whatever reasons. We have no apology for such people who are attacking us.
“The Public Complaints Commission came here a few days ago with a number of UTME cases. We piacked them one after the other and we saw that these candidates either had no case or they were fraudsters. We don’t waste our energy on issues of fraudulent candidates, but we have to let the public know so that they will not be misinformed.
“If anyone has anu challenge, he should complain through normal channels. But let the complaint be genuine. If after we have done our scrutiny and we realise that the candidate has been involved in exam malpractice, we will not allow him or her to go scot-free. The law must take its course,” Oloyede stated.