By CHRIS EKEKE, Abuja
About 76, 923 results of candidates who wrote the 2017 Unified
Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) have been withheld for
various malpractices by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board
Addressing reporters in Abuja, the JAMB’s registrar, Prof Is-haq
Oloyede disclosed that some super rich parents paid as much as N200,
000 to owners of Computer Based Centres (CBT) to upgrade the results
of their children.
He said the board has so far released 1, 606,901 results, adding that
the agency is yet to release 80, 889 results.
According to Oloyede, more results would be released once the board
has finished clearing the candidates of any infractions.
He assured candidates that all the 80,889 outstanding results would be
released before the commencement of admission.
Oloyede said: “So far we have released the results of 1,606,901
candidates after the examinations, leaving us with a balance of 80,
889. Out of this 80,000, we have deliberately withheld 76,923 for
further investigation because of alleged malpractices in the centres
where the examinations were held.
“There is no need to panic if you belong to the 80,000. For us we want
to thoroughly investigate what had happened.
“We do not mean that this 80,889, all of them committed any
infraction, no. We did not say so. In fact, those who committed the
infraction may be less than 10 per cent of these people but when
something happens in a centre pending investigation to know who was
involved, who was not involved, the best thing is to withhold the
results of certain number.
“The results that have not been released will be released before the
commencement of the admission exercise for those who are not guilty of
any infraction. 76, 923 results are the ones we are investigating the
“Parents who are super rich paid N200, 000 to allow their children
score high marks. Next year, we are going to install hammers for our
The JAMB registrar also said 640 candidates who could not write the
examination because of biometric issue would have to retake it.
“As at today, 640 candidates out of the 1.7 million across the country
could not do biometric verification. We have investigated why and have
found various reasons including the fact that some centres or
fraudsters registered candidates taking the image of their thumbs
rather than the actual thumbs.
“In fairness, what we think that we should do is to assume that the
students were not guilty. We have decided that the whole 640 students
will be made to write their examination as we promised them and they
will also be part of those who will write their examination,” he said.