Record 1.9m Register For UTME, As Exam Begins Today

A file photo of candidates writing the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)


Almost two million candidates registered for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) as the exam began today, Saturday.

The examination, conducted by the Joint Matriculation and Admissions Board (JAMB), will be written across 600 Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres nationwide and is expected to end on April 4, 2020.

According to JAMB, the registered number of candidates is the highest so far in the 41-year history of the board.

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To ensure smooth conduct of the examination, JAMB had deployed operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Department of State Services (DSS) to CBT centres and will also monitor activities within each hall through Closed-Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV).

The board had, in its weekly bulletin, said 63 centres would not be participating in the 2020 UTME due to various infractions, with 16 of them suspended only after the February 18 mock examination.

A breakdown of the 16 latest suspended CBT centres showed five were from Kano State, two from Gombe State, two from Bauchi State, and one from Cross River, Delta, Imo, Kwara, Lagos, and Zamfara states, as well as Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

JAMB Suspends Compulsory NIN Requirement For 2020 UTME


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has suspended the compulsory use of the National Identification Number (NIN) for candidates sitting for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) until 2021.

JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, had disclosed that the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) will have registration centres around computer-based test (CBT) centres across the country for candidates who do not have the NIN to avoid difficulties in registering and writing the examination.

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Prof. Oloyede, during a meeting with commissioners of education from the 36 states of the federation and other stakeholders, stressed that the need to introduce the initiative was based on the law made by the National Assembly, and anybody that fails to implement the NIN is liable on conviction.

The decision to suspend the process is coming on the heels of criticisms about the timing of the new policy by the examination body and the difficulty in obtaining the NIN.

Prof. Oloyede who stated this during a press briefing said the decision to suspend the policy is to allow enough time for candidates to acquire their NIN.

Registration for the 2020 JAMB UTME is expected to commence on January 13, and it stated that candidates can now apply with or without the NIN.

UTME prospective candidates since the announcement by JAMB had stormed the NIMC office on a daily basis in a bid to get their registration done.

Queues formed at the entrance of the NIMC office by an influx of candidates were seen at all centres as the date for the examination fast approached.

Some prospective candidates who spoke to Channels Television lamented the stress they had to go through in registering, stating that the availability of computers was a major concern.

2020 UTME: JAMB Laments Rise In Tutorial Centre


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has decried the rise in tutorial centres across the country, stressing that the increase will promote examination malpractice.

JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who disclosed this at a meeting with commissioners of education from the 36 states of the federation and other stakeholders on Monday in Abuja, revealed that most of the centres are run by people without a secondary school leaving certificate.

“The proliferation of tutorial centres; any state you go to, somebody who does not possess school certificate, will establish a tutorial centre, these centres are places of examination malpractice.”

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The JAMB boss also enlightened the commissioners on the need to introduce the National Identification Number for candidates sitting for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

“We are bringing in NIMC, frankly speaking, I did not make the law, it’s the National Assembly that made the law and said that anybody who is rendering the type of service we are rendering must demand NIN, and anybody that fails to implement the NIN is liable on conviction.

“Left to me, I am not doing it because the law, I am doing it because it is the right thing to do. I am convinced that it is the right thing and that’s why I am sticking with it.

“It will be difficult, but if we don’t face it today, we are sentencing these boys and girls to a future that is bleaker than our own.”

Stressing further, Prof Oloyede explained that the computer-based test (CBT) centres across the country, have been mapped with the NIN and candidates who already have, will not encounter difficulties in writing the examination.

“What we have done is that each of our CBT centres have been mapped to NIMC registration centre; if you have NIN, you just go straight and start your registration, but for those without NIN, we are now making arrangements that our staff will convey the candidates to NIMC closest to register, this is to ensure that we reduce the level of problem that we have in these centres.”

JAMB Delists 133 UTME CBT Centres For ‘Aiding’ Malpractice

JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede.



The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has accused some operators of the Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres used for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) of aiding examination malpractices in their respective centres.

The Registrar of the examination body, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, made the allegation on Thursday during a meeting with CBT centres operators, technical advisors, service providers and other stakeholders in Zaria, Kaduna State

He decried that in trying to cover up their illegal activities, such centre operators always tamper with Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras mounted at their centres during examinations.

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Professor Oloyede disclosed that 133 of such CBT centres have been delisted by JAMB for committing various examination malpractices.

He, thereafter, explained some of the steps being taken by the examination body to curtail such unprofessional conduct.

According to Professor Oloyede, JAMB has resolved to collaborate with the Computer Professional Council of Nigeria to monitor the conduct of its forthcoming UTME at various centres across the country.

He, therefore, handed down a warning at the meeting that any operator found wanting would be prosecuted in accordance with the law.

The JAMB registrar noted that the collaboration with the Computer Council was Uto get them pay particular attention to the CCTV cameras during the UTME to avoid being tampered with.

The added that the measure has become imperative because of the way and manner operators tamper with the cameras mounted in the various designated CBT centres in order to cheat.

Professor Oloyede noted that although stamping out examination malpractices was a herculean task, the board was poised at reducing sharp practices of any form during UTME to its barest minimum.

Among the speakers at the meeting was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Professor Sadiq Abubakar.

Professor Abubakar commended JAMB for instilling due process and transparency in the conduct of UTME across the country.

He was confident that such a step would not only curb examination malpractices but also ensure that university students acquire sound education.

UTME: Parents Pay As Much As N200,000 To Ghost Writers – Jamb Registrar

The Registrar of the Joint Admission Matriculations Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede, has described the rate of ghostwriters to enable candidates to cheat during examinations as unbelievable.

While appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, he blamed parents for their involvement in the trend.

His comments come after some parents were seen at exam centres paying ghostwrites to help their children seat for the just concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

“Parents pay as much as N200,000 to ghostwriters, how will you as a mother or a father connive to commit a crime? Will the child have any respect from you?

Professor Ishaq Oloyede,

“Will you still call yourself a father or a mother when you have introduced your son or daughter into the world of crime?” he asked.

According to the JAMB Registrar, a ghostwriter can write for three or more persons but the candidates have to be present so as not to be marked absent.

“For every examination, these ghostwriters write for three or four persons within the hours of the exam,

“They will finish one submit, take another one to submit, they were not aware that we have put somethings in place that every system can tell us who has written.

“What these candidates do is to use their feet to disconnect the wire on their system and people will be struggling with the system while the person writing for them has already left the hall.

“The time these candidates spend in these frauds, they can become first-class candidates”, he added.

On exam malpractice, the professor referred to it a fraudulent act lamenting that “these our candidates have gone haywire to the extent that it will take a strong person to understand the nature of their plan”.

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He noted that some of the candidates have collaborated with owners and operators of some Computer Based Test Centres (CBT) to carry out the crime by engaging in multiple registrations, where the fingerprints of the main candidates were captured side by side with that of the impostors.

Oloyede’s comments come four days after JAMB released the 2019 UTME results.

Of the 1,792,719 candidates that sat for the exam, 34,120 candidates had their results withheld for examination malpractice.

How To Check Your JAMB Results

Jamb Cautions CBT Centres Against Examination Malpractices


The Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released a guideline on how candidates who wrote the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examinations (UTME) between April 11 and 17, 2019, across the 36 states of the Federation and Abuja, can access their results.

According to the board, “candidates are to use the phone numbers they registered with, to text RESULT to 55019.”

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Candidates were advised against approaching any CBT Centre or cyber café to check results. “Those who were ABSENT, got their Registration CANCELLED or have their results WITHHELD will be told”.

The following are the responses to be expected by candidates:

1. If a candidate uses a phone number that was not used to register, a message will be sent to him thus: “This phone number was not used for registration.”
2. A candidate with a result will receive the message: “Dear Mr/Miss X, your result is as follows…(and the details will be provided)”.

3. If a result is withheld, a “Result Withheld” message will be sent to the candidate.

4. If a candidate belongs to the category being given the benefit of the doubt, the message to the person will be: “Result withheld pending the upload of clarifications/document required from you.”

5. If a candidate was absent, s/he would get “CANDIDATE ABSENT” as feedback
6. A candidate that was ABSENT WITH REGISTRATION NUMBER also CANCELLED will be so informed.

7. “Invalid Entrance into the Exam Hall” will be sent to a candidate who gained unauthorized access to the examination hall.

UTME: Over 50 ‘Professional Examination Writers’ Arrested – JAMB

UTME: Over 50 ‘Professional Examination Writers’ Arrested – JAMB


The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has arrested no fewer than 50 professional examination writers who sat for candidates in the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The spokesman for the board, Dr Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this in the agency’s weekly bulletin published on Monday.

According to him, the impostors were arrested nationwide as a result of the various intelligence gathering mechanisms of the board.

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Benjamin revealed that some of the suspects arrested were Master’s degree holders, postgraduate and undergraduate students of various tertiary institutions.

He added that they connived with owners and operators of some Computer Based Test Centres (CBT) to carry out the crime by engaging in multiple registrations, where the fingerprints of the main candidates were captured side by side with that of the impostors.

“The modus operandi of these UTME syndicates was confirmed when one of the kingpins was apprehended recently,” the bulletin said.

On interrogation, the JAMB’s spokesman said the culprit confessed to having done multiple registrations of his biometric along with several other candidates with the intention of sitting for them and collecting huge sums of money from the candidates.

The bulletin added, “This Development is the fundamental reason for the decision of the board to revalidate all biometrics of candidates that have taken the board’s examination in recent times.

“This timely action would enable the board to not only fish out and dismantle these registration cartels and racketeers but also bring them to book along with their collaborators.”

Fabian further said the board discovered that a substantial portion of UTME applications yearly comprised such registrations.

He noted that JAMB resolved to put measures in place to effect the arrest and prosecution of all those involved in activities capable of subverting the sanctity of the entire examination process and its credibility.

The board revealed that a total of 1, 236, 316 candidates out of the over 1.8 million registered has taken the examination so far.

‘Professor’ Arrested At UTME Centre In Abuja

‘Professor’ Arrested At UTME Centre In Abuja
A file photo of candidates at a UTME centre.


One man who claimed to be a professor, Mr Jide Jisus, has been arrested as the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for 2019 commenced across the country.

The spokesman for the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Fabian Benjamin, confirmed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Friday.

Jisus was apprehended over an allegation of examination malpractice by the monitoring team of the JAMB Registrar on Thursday at an institution in Jabi area of Abuja, the nation’s capital.

“His (the suspect) identity was shrouded in dubious tales. He claimed during interrogation that he was one of the professors selected by the Board to oversee the conduct of the 2019 UTME,” the statement said.

Benjamin disclosed further that Jisus claimed that he was awarded a professorial position by Christian University, Isolo, Lagos and that he had two professorial awards from “Becket” University England and Freedom University.

The suspect also claimed to be an employee of “Anchor Polytechnic, Kubwa, Abuja”, an institution JAMB said does not exist.

Similarly, he said he was the president of the United Nigeria Chaplin Institute of Peace Academy.

It was, however, discovered that the suspect had a daughter who was taking the 2019 UTME in the same centre where he was caught.

JAMB insisted that its operational guideline does not allow unauthorised persons into the examination hall.

It added that the said professor was not one of those it selected to monitor the conduct of the examination.

Only Candidates Who Undergo Biometric Verification Will Take UTME – JAMB

Jamb Registrar speaking in Abuja on Monday (March 18, 2019).


Ahead of the April 11, 2019, Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), the management of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says only candidates who undergo the mandatory biometric verification will be allowed to sit for the exams.

The JAMB registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, said this on Monday during a stakeholder meeting in Abuja.

“This year, we appeal to everybody, no discretion about it. Anybody who cannot be verified on the biometric cannot write our exam,” he said.

According to him, the new measure is aimed at checking cases of examination malpractices which he says had characterized the process in the past, leading to an increasing number of impersonators.

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Professor Oloyede also noted that the names of impersonators from 2009 to 2019 will soon be published by the board to serve as a deterrent to others.

Meanwhile, he announced the approval of 708 Computer Based Test (CBT) centres across the country ahead of the examinations.

JAMB Proposes Date For 2018 UTME

JAMB Proposes Date For 2018 UTME
File photo

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has proposed March 9 – 17, 2018 as the date for examination for candidates seeking admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja while briefing stakeholders on the board’s programmes for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Professor Oloyede said they have also pencilled down 620 computer based centres across the country for registration of candidates, adding that not all would be accrediting for the exam.

He further announced that the sales of forms would commence on November 27, 2017, and end on January 22, 2018.

Jamb has also proposed January 22 – 27, 2018 for interested candidates willing to take part in its mock examination, although it would be optional.

According to Oloyede, the mock examination would start the same date the sales of form ends.

He, however, warned against any form of malpractices, saying eyeglasses would be thoroughly examined before candidates are allowed into the examination hall.

NSCDC Arrests Candidate With Gun At UTME Centre

The Nasarawa State command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested a 21-year-old man for being in possession of a firearm in one of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) centres in the state.

The state commandant of the NSCDC, Bashir Lawal told journalists in Lafia on Friday that the suspect was arrested at the Nasarawa State Polytechnic centre during a search at the entrance to the examination hall.

He said the suspect was arrested on Tuesday after he was found to be in possession of a locally-made pistol and two rounds of live ammunition.

He said upon interrogation, the suspect confessed that someone gave him the gun for safekeeping.

He said that the suspect would be arraigned for illegal possession of firearms, adding that even registered guns were not allowed at examination centres.

He also said the command had arrested one Mohammed Alakayi from Doma Local Government Area of the state for allegedly posing as a recruitment agent for the NSCDC.

According to him, the command has received several complaints from the public over alleged cases of fake recruitment.

“We have had reports of some criminal elements posing as our recruitment agents and following our intelligence, we arrested the suspect with the full uniform of NSCDC and fake recruitment forms,” he said.

He said that five witnesses had testified that the suspect collected between N4,000 and N15,000 each from them under the pretence that he was going to get them a job with the command.

“We are therefore charging him to court for impersonation and fraud as soon as the the investigation is completed, ”he said.

He, however, appealed to job seekers, especially those willing to join the NSCDC, to be watchful and disregard any information concerning recruitment coming from any other source apart from the command or its headquarters.

UTME Candidates Protest In Kaduna

Prospective candidates of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Kaduna state on Friday protested over their inability to locate examination centres, six days after the exam commenced across the country.

The candidates who took to the streets of the state capital and blocked the gate of the JAMB office along Tafawa Balewa road in the state capital, complained that they were unable to process their registration at the Computer Based Test centres, due to insufficient facilities.

They also lamented that all efforts to reach the authorities concerning the problem were not successful.

Some of them who came all the way from Zaria and Zamfara State for the exam also lamented over the fact that they had spent so much money in an attempt to rectify the problem without any success.

Channels Television was unable to get the reaction of JAMB as a security personnel told the correspondent that the officer in charge was unavailable.