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JAMB dismisses report on alleged reduction of UTME scores as fake

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has described as fake, a trending report that scores of candidates who sat for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) are being reduced.

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Candidates writing the 2019 Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) examination at Kaduna State University ICT Center in Kaduna on Thursday (11/4/19).

The board in a statement signed by its Head of Media and Publicity, Dr Fabian Benjamin, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja, said the report was false.

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The report had claimed that scores of candidates who sat for the UTME and were found wanting by the board were being reduced by 100 marks.

JAMB said that an investigation carried out discovered that the fake news emanated from a gang who coordinated from a town called Igarra in Edo state with affiliates in Lagos and other states.

The board described the act as fraudulent and meant to extort parents and candidates.

“A gang being coordinated from a town called Igarra in Edo State with affiliates in Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Abia, Anambra and Plateau states are circulating fake notice of impending reduction of UTME scores.

“This is with intent to extort and defraud parents and candidates.

“Candidates results would be received on their registered cell phones as soon as the on going scrutiny of the examination centers are completed and publicly announced.

“Only the fraudulent candidates or parents stand being defrauded on this matter,” the board said.

Benjamin had in an interview on Sunday nwarned candidates not be carried away by rumours and misleading information in some sections of the media, especially the social media.

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He also said that the board distances itself from such rumours about releasing results of candidates of the just concluded UTME and steps to check these results as being speculated.

The 2019 UTME was conducted nationwide from April 11 to 18.

More than 1.8 million candidates registered for the examination.

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