The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) have arrested one Adah Eche, a 19-year-old admission seeker, who allegedly upgraded his Unified Tertiary Examination (UTME) result. It was reported that the suspect, who sat for the 2019 UTME, scored 153 but decided to connive with an examination syndicate who allegedly increased his scores.

Pic.1. Candidates for the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board/Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination writing the 2017 Computer Based Test at the Global Distance Learning Institute in Abuja on Thursday (18/5/17).02636/18/5/2017/Jones Bamidele/NAN

There have been complaints by aggrieved candidates who sat for the 2019 UTME. This made a delegation of Public Complaints Commission to pay the board a visit which later led to the suspect’s apprehension. The board was said to pick three out of the complaints to address their issues; Eche’s letter was the first to be picked despite knowing that he faked his result. He was invited to come and pick his admission letter thereby leading to his arrest.

When the candidate’s result was verified for its authenticity using a barcode, it was found to have the barcode of a supermarket, which was invalid on JAMB’s platform. It also showed that Adah Eche checked his result three consecutive times via the code 55019 and his original result was 153, yet the candidate insisted that he did not know the upgraded score, 290, was fake. He later confessed to the crime after many pieces of evidence were discovered from his phone and another on his computer where he faked a 200 score before upgrading it to 290.

He didn’t leave the matter at that but went on to collect money from others and upgraded their scores. The suspect is therefore said to have been handed over to the police.

The board would track and also apprehend others involved in the illicit act.