‘We will withdraw result of any candidate who tampers with UTME score’

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has cancelled the unified tertiary matriculation examination (UTME) result of Kingsley Unekwe for allegedly altering his score in order to meet the cut-off points to study Medicine at the university of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN).

The board said 18-year-old Unekwe was caught inflating his original UTME score from 201 to 269. He becomes the fifth person whose UTME result has been withdrawn and cancelled by the board.

JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, addressed reporters when Unekwe and his mother appeared before some officials of the board in Abuja at the weekend.

The registrar said Unekwe had edited the original score allocated to him by the board and presented it to his parents as the original result.

He said the boy’s parent had called the board, alleging irregularities in their son’s result, leading to their invitation to Abuja from Awka, Anambra state.

Unekwe, in the presence of his mother and officials of JAMB, confessed to have tampered with the original UTME result allocated to him by the board.

He said his original score of 201 didn’t meet the requirement to read medicine which his parents wanted him to study at UNN.

He explained that to make his parents happy, and proud, he had to edit the original UTME result to meet their expectation of him becoming a doctor. Unekwe appealed to the board for clemency, feigning ignorance of his crime.

But JAMB registrar said the boy would be handed over to security agencies for prosecution. Prof. Oloyede said: “Anybody who does post-result infraction, will have their results withdrawn by the board.

“You are the fifth person. Two of them are already being prosecuted because we showed them clearly that they forged their results to deceive their parents who are desperate, like your parents are to study medicine.

“We will prosecute you for attempting to damage the image of the board. We told your father that we have all the facts, if we find out that the facts are not correct you will be prosecuted.”