In a bulletin released on Sunday by JAMB, it was disclosed that five suspects from Zamfara and Kebbi states were arrested and 123 others facing trial for engaging in examination malpractices and have been jailed for period of three months to two years
Recalling the 2019 UTME took place between April 11 and April 18 in 698 CBT centres nationwide.
In its bulletin on Sunday, the board said, “Five persons who were involved in one form of exam malpractice in the just concluded 2019 UTME have been convicted. As of Sunday, three suspects from Zamfara State and two from Kebbi have been convicted for periods of three months to two years.
“No fewer than 123 suspects are standing trial in various courts on one form of infraction or the other. With the conviction of the five suspects, the board urges the judiciary to continue on this path and to ensure that all suspects arraigned with sufficient facts are convicted.”
JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyed in an interview said the delay in the release of the UTME results were due to the biometric verification of UTME candidates nationwide, adding that 31 states had already been screened.
He said, “If you know that we have about 1.8million candidates and multiplied by 10 fingers. That is what we are talking about. If you are very close to the National Identity Management Commission, ask them what it takes to analyse fingers in terms of period.
“We have done 31 states and six states (including Abuja) are still not completed.”
Concerning the release date for results the Registrar said: “I don’t know but it will be very soon. It will be as soon as we complete what we are doing.”