On Wednesday the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) explained why the results of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination has not been released.

Dr Fabian Benjamin, JAMB’s Head of Information, said the board discovered that some candidates who wrote the examination engaged in impersonation, and massive frauds putting their results in doubt.

This was made known by Benjamin in an interview in Abuja

Fabian Benjamin said: “We will not release the results in a hurry. We will do a lot of crosschecking to be sure that nobody that was engaged in the illicit act goes scot free.

“We will release the results as soon as we finish checking the results to ensure that all those ones that we caught in various illicit registration acts are properly dealt with and those that we could not arrest are withheld.

“We will release the results when we finish doing our screening. We are screening the whole results.

“We don’t have the numbers now but we won’t release any result until we are sure of the whole thing.”

Benjamin said the board was also investigating cases of biometric verification failure in some states.

He assured that the board would do the needful once it perfected its investigation and found the reported cases to be genuine.

“We will not be able to say genuine now until we do our due diligence. We are investigating because I told you that we have cases of illicit registration and we discovered that some of them created some scene when they discovered that their time for the exams clashed and they could not write the exam.

“We are giving everybody the benefit of doubt. We will look at all the perimeters and ensure that no one whose case is actually genuine suffers injustice.

“When we finish our exams we will be able to look at the whole thing (biometric issues),” he added.

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