The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, handed over 180 candidates to the police for prosecution over alleged involvement in examination malpractices in the just concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination, UTME.
The Head of Media and Information, JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said this on Thursday in an interview in Abuja.
He stated the candidates were arrested across the country during the conduct of the examination that ended last Saturday and 70 percent of the candidates have been arraigned, while others are undergoing investigation.
On Sunday, the board published names and states of some of the candidates who were involved in examination malpractices in its weekly bulletin.
Imo, Anambra and Enugu States had the highest number of candidates involved in the act with figures of 26, 12 and 12 respectively.
Other states on the list of malpractices were Abia, Adamawa, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Kwara, Ondo, Oyo and Osun.
The offences committed by the candidates were: examination by proxy, attempt to cheat, forceful entrance, tampering with examination documents, smuggling of phones into the examination halls, among others.
Fabian said that the arrested candidates were with the police and that their arraignment had started.
“They are about 180 candidates. We arrested them all over the country. We are harmonising the list and following up on it to ensure that all of them are arraigned.
“Most of them have been arraigned already. Seventy per cent of them have been arraigned already.
“They (the candidates) are with the police. So the police will prosecute them. We don’t have prosecuting powers. When the police start prosecution, they will certainly get across to us.
“Most of them have even been arraigned. When the arraignment is concluded, we will give you a comprehensive report.
“When we get to a stage that is important for everyone to know, we will let you know. But some of them have already been arraigned by the police,” he said,