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JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede/File Photo

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said a candidate for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) was arrested for upgrading his scores.

Concise News understands that the candidate known as Cletus Kokowa was arrested at the JAMB headquarters in Abuja on Thursday by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

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According to the NSCDC, Kokowa was nabbed for allegedly hiring a syndicate to upgrade his scores from 162 to 206.

The candidate from Bayelsa State was said to have been asked to pay N10,000 for the upgrading.

“Those people sent a mail to my electronic mail inbox that they could help me to upgrade my score,” Kokowa told Punch.

“I then sent them my registration number and e-mail address. When the results were released and I checked, they showed me 206. Then, one of them called me and demanded payment.

“I later went to check and I found 162. I was confused. I had heard that upgrading scores was an offence, but I didn’t really believe it. I did not tell my father and my uncle about the syndicate.”

While reacting to the arrest, the JAMB Registrar, Oloyede, said the board would ensure the arrest and prosecution of candidates who engaged in fraudulent activities.

He noted that: “One of the popular claims candidates usually make is that JAMB issued two different UTME results to them. But I said it was a lie because this result was processed via information and communication technology.

“When this boy came with his complaint, I asked for his records to be brought and we discovered that he had contacted fraudsters who gave him a fake result. We discovered that the result given to him was an imposition of another candidate’s result on his own.

“He is with the NSCDC and he will be handed over to the police for prosecution.”