Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps has arrested one Cletus Kokowa, a 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidate, for reportedly hiring a syndicate to upgrade his scores from 162 to 206.
Kokowa was arrested on Thursday at the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) headquarters in Bwari, Abuja, where he confessed that he was asked to pay ten thousand naira for the upgrade.
Findings by schoolworld gathered that Kokowa, who is from Bayelsa State, contacted the syndicate through a WhatsApp group few weeks ago after he learnt that they could upgrade his scores from 162 to 206.
The syndicate later sent a fake result notification to him, stating that his score was now 206 but when his UTME result, however, remained unchanged on the JAMB portal, Kokowa’s father, Green, wrote a letter of complaint to the examination board asking for the rectification of his son’s scores.
The Board thereafter invited Kokowa to come with the two results as proof, after which he confessed on Thursday to have employed a syndicate to upgrade his scores for him.
He was afterwards handed over to the officials of the NSCDC.
Kokowa, who told newsmen that he knew upgrading was an offence, stated that he never believed he could be caught.
“Those people sent a mail to my electronic mail inbox that they could help me to upgrade my scores. I then sent them my registration number and e-mail address. When the results were released and I checked, they showed me 206. Then, one of them called me and demanded payment.
“I later went to check and I found 162. I was confused. I had heard that upgrading of scores was an offence, but I didn’t really believe it. I did not tell my dad and my uncle about the syndicate,” Kokowa narated.