Policemen attached to the Area Command Headquarters in Keffi, Nasarawa State, have arrested a fresh graduate of the state-owned university, Ibrahim Yusuff Ingawa, for allegedly engaging in illegal registration of direct entry candidates for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The registration had officially closed in June. Ingawa, a 2018 graduate of Political Science and owner of a cybercafé located at Shop B15, 1st Floor, Liyu Unity Plaza, Makwalla 33, Keffi, was arrested on Wednesday afternoon after weeks of monitoring by officials of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). According to an official of the examination body, who craved anonymity, Ingawa had been issuing fake registration numbers to his victims, who were said to be paying him handsomely.
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In a statement, the police accused the suspect of criminal conspiracy, impersonation, cheating, and forgery, among others. It was learnt that many of Ingawa’s victims, who were issued different registration numbers later found to be fake, were still unaware of their admission status as at the time of the arrest.
Meanwhile, the Public Relations Officer of JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjami, who confirmed the development, promised that the examination body would follow due process in trying the culprits. He said: “Our position has always been that anyone found guilty of any crime will be handed over to the police and we will ensure that due process is followed in their trial. We will also make sure that the matter is logically concluded.”