A competent mercenary man on professional exams, who would have specialized in writing JAMB tests for several applicants, was arrested in-the state of Sokoto.
Officials from the Joint Joint Matriculation Board (JAMB) told PREMIUM TIMES that Umar Sani was arrested around 8 am on Saturday while he was traveling to a middle of the Polytechnic School. Umaru Ali Shinkafi to pass the examination of another of his clients.
Mr. Sani was identified and arrested by a monitoring team from JAMB, headed by Registrar Ishaq Oloyede, who went to centers across the country to supervise the conduct of the prep review on the Unified Tertiary Education (UTME) 2019 in progress.
The suspect was immediately handed over to a police team from the Federal Bureau of Intelligence and Investigations, officials said.
Prior to being arrested on Saturday morning, Mr. Sani had spent the former few days examining applicants Umar Abdullahi, Danladi Lawal and Danlami Suleiman Abdullahi.
JAMB is using biometric data to signup applicants in its computer testing centers, but Sani has found a way around this arrangement, officials said.
"When his clients enrolled for the exam, he donated them a few fingers when their biometrics was taken," said Ahmad Mohammed, a JAMB official, witnessing the arrest. "He then used those fingers to defeat our biometric system."
JAMB receptionist Oloyede confirmed Mr. Sani's arrest, saying that his agency remained committed to eliminating the offenses committed in the course of the enrollment examination.
"He (Mr. Sani) will surely be sued," Oloyede said. "That I can guarantee you."
Sokoto's arrest got two days next Jide Jisus, a person who claimed to be a professor, was arrested on suspicion of malpractice on the launch of UTME in Nigeria.
In accordance with an announcement by JAMB spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, Mr. Jisus was apprehended by the JAMB receptionist's monitoring team in a room on the Brix Academy in Jabi, Abuja.
"His identity was surrounded by doubtful stories. During the interrogation, he claimed that he was one of the faculty chosen by the council to supervise the conduct of the 2019 UTME, "said Benjamin in his release.
"He too claimed that he had been appointed professor on the Christian University of Isolo (Lagos) and at two professor awards awarded by the colleges 'Becket' England and Freedom.
"He too claimed to be a staff member of Anchor Polytechnic, Kubwa, Abuja, an establishment that doesn’t exist. In accordance with him, he said he’s the president of the United Nigeria Chaplin Institute of Peace Academy.
"However, it was discovered that he had a daughter who was taking UTME 2019 in the same center where he was taken."
The Commission's operational directive doesn’t allow unauthorized persons to enter the examination room.
"The professor was therefore not one of those chosen by the council to monitor the progress of the UTME 2019," the statement said.
The 2019 UTME program began on Thursday, April 11 and can end on April 17.
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