By Gabriel Enogholase
BENINâ€”REGISTRARÂ of the National Business and Technical Examinations Board, NABTEB, Prof. David Awanbor, yesterday in Benin, disclosed that three persons that cheated in its examinations have been sentenced to prison terms, ranging from three months to nine years.
Prof. David Awanbor, who disclosed this while briefing newsmen, gave the names of the persons involved in the examination malpractice and sentenced to prison terms of nine years as Patrick Ogyokok 68, and James Abiola.
He explained that the duo, who were appointed by NABTEB as supervisors and invigilators for its examinations, were found guilty and sentenced to the prison terms by Justice I.N.Buba of the Federal High Court, Lafia, Nasarawa State.
According to him, the two accused persons, who are teachers at a Commercial and Technical institutions in Keffi, one of the Boardâ€™s examination centers, were convicted on a three-count charge for three years each which were to run concurrently.
The Registrar told journalists that dedicated and vigilant NABTEB officials who promptly alerted the authorities of the Board and reported the matter to the police detected the crime.
According to him, the trial judge, having listened to the pleas of counsel to the accused, which centered on the fact that they were first offenders, gave them an option of fine.
Identifying examination malpractice as one of the most devastating problems militating against the nationâ€™s education, Prof Awanbor observed that in spite of the laws/decree enacted to curb the menace, the magnitude of examination malpractice has continued to be on the increase.
Prof. Awanbor explained that with the conviction of the suspects, NABTEB has not only broken the jinx of unresolved examination malpractice court cases, but also set the pace in the quest for diligent prosecution of offenders, adding that the examination body was the first to diligently pursue the case of examination cheats from the point of arrest to prison sentence.
He said the Board would not relent in its bid to sustain its zero tolerance for examination malpractice.