The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said that out of the 1.7 million candidates that will sit for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) which commenced today, May 13, 357 are prison inmates.
It is understood that the 357 persons are inmates in the Ikoyi and Kaduna prisons.
This disclosure was made by Is-haq Oloyede, the Registrar of the board, at a news conference on Friday in Abuja.
Mr. Oloyede also said that the UTME examination scheduled for May 13 has not been postponed.
He, therefore, advised candidates to ignore rumours that the examination has been postponed, saying candidates writing the examination tomorrow should not fail to attend.
He enjoined the candidates to go to their respective centres for the examination.
The registrar said that the examinations would still hold as scheduled except for those that have Seven Days Adventist service.
He also advised UTME candidates to always check their e-mails for further updates, noting that some candidates are fond of giving out their passwords and e-mail addresses to strangers in spite of several warnings from the board.
“Candidates should be aware of fraudsters who hide under cyber cafe operators to defraud innocent children.
“We have caught some of them while mischievously collecting money from candidates with the help of some security officers,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, authorities of JAMB have arrested a man for allegedly defrauding about 100 candidates by registering them with fake email address and phone numbers which he claimed to be JAMB address.
The culprit was said to have collected N10,000 from each candidate and had given them wrong information regarding the examination contrary to the official information from JAMB.