UTME- The police have arrested two suspects over their alleged involvement in impersonation at the ongoing 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration.
The suspects recognized as 50-year-old Sesan Obasa, and his alleged accomplice, Salvation Terhembe, were apprehended and paraded before the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, (JAMB) headquarters, in Bwari, Abuja on Friday.
Terhembe was picked up by the staff of JAMB at one of the board’s registration centres in Bwari, following his unsuccessful tries to carry out the UTME registration on behalf of Obasa.
According to JAMB, the 36-year-old had appeared before a JAMB registration official on Thursday and could have successfully gauged the first accreditation when the picture on the National Identification Number, NIN, indicated he was impersonating Obasa.
Terhembe, who conceded to carrying out the act, said he was contacted by Obasa to supply his data for registration at the JAMB centre because he was busy with work, adding however that he was only helping him and not aware that his actions breached AMB rules and regulations
While speaking, 50-year-old Obasa, who had applied to study public administration, said he was misinform by his determination to go to school, which moved him with desperation to put in for JAMB this year.
He acknowledged that Terhembe carried out UTME registration on his behalf, and pleaded for leniency as he was completely unaware that his actions were tantamount to identify fraud
JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, who praised the efficacy of NIN in checkmating Identity fraud, stated that but not for the use of NIN, the impersonator would have successfully carried out his registration.
“You can see the advantages of NIN; by the time we put this boy to test, you would see that he had done registration in previous years for other people but because of this [NIN] we were able to uncover this. He added.