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Serial UTME mercenary nabbed in Sokoto

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By Toby Prince

Officials of the Joint Examination Matriculation Board (JAMB) has nabbed a man who allegedly specialises in writing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) tests for multiple candidates in Sokoto State.

Umar Sani was arrested at about 8: 00am Saturday as he made to access a centre at the Umaru Ali Shinkafi Polytechnic to sit the examination for another of his clients.

Mr Sani was identified and arrested by a JAMB monitoring team, led by Registrar Ishaq Oloyede, which has been visiting centres across the country to oversee the conduct of the ongoing exercise.

The suspect was immediately handed over to a police team from the Federal Intelligence and Investigation Bureau, officials said.

Before he was caught Saturday morning, Mr Sani had in the past days sat for the examination for candidates Umar Abdullahi, Danladi Lawal, and Danlami Suleiman Abdullahi.

JAMB uses biometric to check candidates into its Computer-Based Test Centres but Mr Sani found a way to circumvent the arrangement, officials said.

“When his clients registered for the examination, he donated some of his fingers to them when their biometric was taken,” Ahmad Mohammed, a JAMB official, who witnessed the arrest, said. “He then used those fingers to beat our biometric system.”

JAMB Registrar, Mr Oloyede, confirmed Mr Sani’s arrest, saying his agency remained committed to eradicating malpractices from the matriculation examination.

“He (Mr Sani) will surely be prosecuted,” Mr Oloyede said. “That I can assure you.”

The 2019 UTME began on Thursday, April 11 and will end on April 17.

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