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UTME 2023: JAMB Inspects Registration Centres, Apprehends 6 Suspects

Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has apprehended six operators of Computer Based Test (CBT) centres in Kano State over alleged fraudulent registration of candidates for the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The suspects used their fingerprints for the biometrics of the candidates they registered.

“Their intention is to sit for the examination on behalf of the candidates,” Oloyede said.

The registrar explained that examination malpractice starts at the point of registration, which is why the board is inspecting JAMB centers to nip it in the bud.

Oloyede, who inspected several UTME registration centers in Kano asked the affected centers to bring the suspects to Abuja on Monday, January 6 for prosecution, adding that failure to do so, the centers would be canceled.

“They will be handed to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for prosecution,” he said.

According to the registrar, any centre that fails to bring the suspects to Abuja would be closed.

He advised candidates not to allow CTB operators to use their fingerprints for their (candidates’) biometrics, “Otherwise they would also be apprehended as accomplices.”

He urged UTME candidates to report any suspicion, adding that the cost of registration is N5,700, while candidates writing a mock will pay N6,700 only.

The JAMB registration centres visited by Prof. Oloyede, who was accompanied by journalists, included: the JAMB state office, Federal College of Education, Trez Tech, Ruby and Butale Info Tech Ltd among others.

He said that the operators had compromised the registration process, and JAMB would not condone any infringement on its registration by the technical officials of any of its accredited centres.

Over 500,000 candidates have so far registered for the 2023 UTME, he said.

“JAMB’s target this year was 1.8 million candidates. So far, 500,000 have registered. Registration will close on February 14 and we don’t intend to extend the deadline,” the JAMB registrar said.

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