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Officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have apprehended two candidates for alleged examination malpractice in the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

One of the candidates, Miss Udoh Akpabio, was allegedly caught with a phone concealed in her underwear alongside her accomplice, Andrew Etziuzala, through the aid of Close Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) stationed at their examination centre at Baptist Academy, Karu, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The CCTV was sending live transmission of activities going on within the examination halls.

While parading both suspects, the FCT Commandant of the NSCDC, Patrick Ukpen, said Andrew introduced Akpabio into the chain of cheating during examination.

The commandant explained that while the examination was going on, Andrew was busy sending text messages of supposed answers to the questions she was expected to answer.

He said: “We have in our custody today two suspects that were involved in examination malpractice in the ongoing JAMB UTME.

“Their level of involvement was that a lady whose name is Joy Akpabio was with a telephone handset and this is against the rules governing the examination.

“She concealed the telephone set inside her pants and she went in undetected and while the examination was going on, she brought it out.

“But she was caught with the use of modern technology; you know the examination centres have CCTV cameras that are sending live transmission of activities that are taking place in the examination hall.

“With prompt response of our men and other JAMB officials, who were deployed in the centres, we were able to detect what she was doing and she was immediately arrested.”

“Upon interrogation, we were also able to arrest her accomplice who is another young man by the name Andrew. He introduced her into the business and was equally involved in sending text messages of supposed answers to the examination she was doing.

“They are in our custody now and we are going to carry out further investigations regarding their involvement and to know if there are other accomplices. If there are more they will equally be traced and arrested and thereafter, they will be prosecuted.”

JAMB Head of Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, who confirmed the development, said Andrew was spotted texting answers of 1990 JAMB examination to Miss Akpabio from JAMB’s headquarters in Bwari, a suburb in the FCT.

According to him, the board had initially listed all items banned from the examination, stressing that all Computer Based Centres in the country were covered by CCTV cameras.

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