Nigeria Police force arrested Chinedu John. Yesterday, there was a mild and dramatic incident at the Bwari headquarters of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) of the Abuja Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
A 19-year-old boy, Chinedu Ifesinachi John, in the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, accused JAMB board of reducing his original 380 points to 265. He has been handed to the police for investigation.
It was learnt that Chinedu John claimed he scored 380 points on the June exam and was surprised to receive 265 points from the board of directors after the results were announced.
After the alleged “change” in the UTME scores, his father, John Ifenkpam, found a lawyer from Enugu, Ikeazor Akaiwe, who wrote to JAMB in the hope that the boy would have a chance to retake the test and demand compensation of one billion naira.
The lawyer said in an official letter to the board of directors that the 1 billion naira was to compensate for the physical and mental trauma suffered by the boy from “two separate scores from 2019 to 2021.”
The candidate claimed that his UTME scores from 2019 to 2021 had been “altered” by the board of directors, thus depriving him of the opportunity to study his ideal medical course.
At the invitation of the JAMB leadership headed by the JAMB secretary, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, Chinedu Ifesinachi John, his father and the lawyer went to Abuja yesterday from Enugu.
It is understood that in a private meeting with his father and lawyer, the boy had a few minutes to “confess” the results he showed, but insisted that his original test score was 380.
After coming and going, the board of directors presented evidence to refute the claims of John and his legal representative.
The committee is reported to have presented written evidence to prove that John actually scored 265 points instead of the 380 points claimed.
Oloyede accused the candidate of adjusting the results, adding that he would be turned over to the police for investigation and later prosecuted.
The Registrar said that Chinedu John is one of 11 other candidates suspected of falsifying results and that the committee will prosecute him.
He said the original results sent to John will be withdrawn before the investigation is complete. The Registrar said: there are 11 of them who have altered their results. Two of them have already been processed. We will withdraw their results and prosecute the rest.
The main goal is to disinfect the system, including our own employees. “There have never been 380 exchanges with this Chinedu Ifesinachi John.
Because he has sued JAMB, we will keep his results until the investigation is completed. We will request that our interactions with him be made public also.
“As for me, I am reporting to the chief of police, unless you tell me who helped you commit this crime.” However, his lawyer Ikeazor called on the board to leave room for further investigations.
He said: “I will not oppose the investigation. There is an investigation, but what I will not accept is to prejudge it.”