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Police nabbed for using ‘mercenary’ for UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has nabbed a police personnel, a Mr Etim Israel, for engaging another person to write his 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Registrar of JAMB, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, who stated this to newsmen in Bwari said Mr. Israel would be prosecuted in accordance with the law, and expressed concern on the antics of candidates that try to circumvent watertight measures put in place to prevent impersonation.

Professor Oloyede said, Israel a Police Constable in the Akwa Ibom State Command, registered for the exam with his name while an impersonator used his picture and biometric details to sit for the exam.

Confessing to the crime, the Policeman, who said he applied to study Fishery at the Akwa Ibom State University in the 2020 UTME, told newsmen on Friday in Abuja, that he paid N30,000 to engage the services of the mercenary (a teacher), one Emmanuel, now on the run,  to sit for the exam as he was away on special duties.

Israel explained that after scoring over 240 in the exam and decided to commence the admission’s process; he was told that he won’t sail through because of the disparity in the picture, which prompted him to visit JAMB’s office for correction, a move that landed him in trouble.

“I went to their (JAMB) office to change my picture when they told me (in Akwa Ibom) that I won’t be able to use the result because of the picture,” Israel said.

The Police Constable in an emotion-laden voice appealed to JAMB to temper justice with mercy, promising to help the Board in investigating issues of impersonation in UTME.

The policeman was one of 657 candidates that requested for change of picture in their registration profiles, Prof. Oloyede said.

657 want to change pictures and we are now asking them to come forward  and give reasons for the change, we are expecting them,” he said.

Daniel Adejo

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