The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has debunked a trending report that scores of candidates who sat for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) are being reduced, describing it as fake.
In a statement signed by its Head of Media and Publicity, Dr Fabian Benjamin on Monday in Abuja, the Board said the report was false.
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.
More than 1.8 million candidates registered for the examination which was conducted nationwide between April 11 and 18.