Despite JAMB’s warning, father arrested for writing exam for son

A father has been arrested alongside his son for writing the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for his son, the Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) despite earlier warning, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede has said.

Speaking while on inspection tour of UTME centres in Kaduna at the Kaduna State University (KASU) CBT Centre, Wednesday, Prof. Oloyede said the 2024 examination is largely well conducted, except for few cases of impersonation, which was possible because some people now have multiple National Identity Number (NIN).

 He warned that those who cheat in the exams will be arrested either now or after the examination, noting that JAMB has improved its technology to check those engaging in all forms of examination malpractices.

He said, “For those who engage in cheating, they should know that it does not pay. The technology is helping to check that. across the country, most of the problem we have is impersonation. For instance now, we say we have NIN, we now have cases of people with two NIN and that has defeated the purpose of identity verification. We are going to take that up with NIMC.

“We have a case of a father impersonating his son, writing examination for the son and I wonder, ‘are you not destroying your son’s future?’ Two of them are now in custody. I can’t understand what the father will now tell his son when they are both locked up in the same cell.

“This happened definitely not in Kaduna, but I don’t want to disclose the state. It is largely cases of impersonation, but we are ahead of them; we are just picking them up like chicken now, because the facilities are there for us to see what they are doing and to pick them up,” he said.

The JAMB Registrar informed those that have missed the examination for reasons not caused by JAMB to forget about it, saying that JAMB cannot spend tens of millions of the nation’s resources to reorganise a session for few candidates who missed the exams due to their personal recklessness.