The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) have arrested another Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination candidate identified as Cletus Kokowa for upgrading his score from 162 to 206 with the help of a fraudster. This is coming after one Adah Eche was apprehended by the board in June for similar offence.
It was gathers that Kokowa was said to have confessed to JAMB on Thursday, July 4, that he was asked to pay N10,000 for the upgrading.
Kokowa, who is from Bayelsa state, reportedly contacted a syndicate through a WhatsApp group where he was told that his score could be upgraded from 162 to 206. He was later sent a fake result screenshot to which stated that his score was now 206. The result, however, remained unchanged on the JAMB site, which prompted Kokowa’s father, Garen Kokowa, to write a letter of complaint to the board asking for the rectification of his son’s scores.
Kokowa’s father wrote: “Your inability for swift response to address the issue has led to my son’s forfeiture of his Nigerian Defence Academy admission opportunity. “However, I am craving for your indulgence to quickly rectify the result in affirmative to enable him have a good stand for his second choice of institution.”
Kokowa was thereafter invited by the board to come with the two results as proof, after which he confessed on Thursday, July 4, to have employed a syndicate. He was accompanied to the JAMB headquarters his uncle, an army officer who declined to give his name. The suspect was afterwards handed over to officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
Kokowa said: “Those guys sent a mail to me that they could help me to upgrade my score. I then sent them my Registration number and e-mail. When the results were out and I checked, they showed me 206. Then, one of them called me asking me to pay them the money. “I later went to check and I found 162. I was confused. I had heard that upgrading scores was an offence but I didn’t really believe it. I did not tell my daddy and my uncle about the syndicate.”
JAMB registrar, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, said the board would ensure that candidates discovered to have been involved in fraudulent practices before, during and after the examination would be arrested and prosecuted.
PNEB (Edu.prestigenigeria.com) previously reported that the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB) apprehended a suspect for allegedly upgrading his scores in the recent Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) from 153 to 290. The 19-year-old Adah Eche was a candidate in the 2019 UTME and was alleged to have engaged the services of some cunning men through Facebook and WhatsApp platforms, after coming across an advertisement which read: “Do you want to upgrade your 2019 JAMB results? Are your scores too poor for admission into any of the universities, then contact the following numbers…”