Ishaq Oloyede, registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), says he believes there is a sponsored campaign against the efforts of the board.
Oloyede was speaking on Thursday while presenting Kokowa Cletus, a 20-year-old suspect, who allegedly falsified his Unified Tertiary Admissions Examination (UTME) result, to reporters in Abuja.
The board had on June 24, presented 19-year-old Adah Eche, who also allegedly falsified his UTME result, yet wrote a letter of complaint to the board for presenting him with two results.
The registrar frowned at the fraudulent trend, saying it was unfortunate that the board was making efforts to serve the public but was being discouraged by detractors.
“This is especially when cases that were meant to be investigated were not appropriately done. We believe that there is an organised and sponsored campaign against JAMB for whatever reason,” he said.
“We have no apology, but will want the public, who might be misinformed to always know the situation at hand and the gravity of what we do.
“This campaign going on against JAMB is done by people who knowingly or unknowingly, are inadvertently employed to do this.
“At the appropriate time, we will come out to tell the people what is really going on but there is a personal war, you will see that soon.”
He noted that many of such campaigns were done through complaints that the board issued double results to candidates who sat for the 2019/20 UTME among others.
He said Cletus was invited to JAMB’s headquarters from Bayelsa state after he wrote a complaint to the board for issuing him two results and subsequently, he was apprehended.
“He came with his uncle who, fortunately, is an army officer and we investigated the matter together before the members of the board,” he said.
“He presented two results; one was 206 and the other was 162. We found details of transactions on his phone between him and the syndicate, including a video on how to process result upgrade and negotiations were made on the phone too.
“There was also a screenshot of an imposition result of 206, yet, he had the guts to claim that JAMB sent him two results while we also discovered that he checked the results 15 times via ‘55109’.”
The registrar explained that the suspect did not know that once a result has been checked, a copy would be sent to the candidate, another, copied to the board with the date and time of check.
He added that the board would stop at nothing to expose the “syndicates working against it”, noting that about 80 of such cases were already being prosecuted nationwide.
According to him, the suspect’s result will not be cancelled but be invalidated, while he will be handed over to the police to face the law.
The suspect, on his part, said his parents would be disappointed at his actions.
He said he did not believe his original result was a reflection of his performance and so, decided to approach the board for a proof.
“Someone sent a mail to me saying that they can upgrade my result, so I asked them to send me a proof that they could do it and they sent me 206,” he said.
“The person now asked me to pay N10,000 but I told him I didn’t have that kind of money, he then promised to make things hard for me.
“When I checked later via ‘55109’, I got 162, then I decided to complain to JAMB to know if my scores were actually changed or not.”
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