Barely two days after security operatives apprehended two identical twins in Maiduguri for allegedly engaging in examination malpractice in the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have paraded two suspects arrested at a centre in Abuja for alleged examination malpractice in the 2018 UTME.
Premium Times Reports that the suspects who were paraded by the commandant, NSCDC FCT command, Patrick Ukpen were apprehended at Baptist Academy, Karu, Abuja.
Ukpen stated that one of the suspects who is also a candidate was arrested for allegedly going into the examination hall with her mobile phone. He further disclosed that the suspect was able to conceal the mobile phone in her underwear and brought it out during the examination.
“We have in our custody today two suspects that were involved in examination malpractice in the ongoing JAMB UTME. Their level of involvement are as follows: A lady whose name is Joy Apkabio, went into the exam hall with a telephone handset and this is against the rules covering the JAMB examination.
“Upon interrogation, we were also able to arrest her accomplice who is another young man by the name Andrew, who introduced her into the business and was equally involved in sending text messages of supposed answers to the examination she was doing.
“With the use of modern technology; you know the examination centres have CCTV cameras that are sending live transmission of activities that are taking place in the examination hall, and the activities of our men and other JAMB officials who were deployed to the centres. We were able to detect what she was doing and she was immediately arrested.
“They are in our custody now and we are going to carry out further investigations regarding their involvement and to know if there are other accomplices, he will equally be traced and arrested and thereafter, they will be prosecuted”, he said.
Speaking on the issue, the Public Relations Officer of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Fabian Benjamin said the arrest will serve as a deterrent to other candidates.
“Just as the commandant has said, we are doing this not because she has been arrested, we want this to serve as a deterrent to other candidates.
“This particular candidate was spotted from our headquarters, we have made it clear that all our centres are covered by CCTV cameras”, Benjamin said.