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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

IGP to investigate JAMB examination invasion

INSPECTOR-General of Police (IGP), Hafiz Ringim, has assured the Registrar of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof ‘Dibu Ojerinde that his men would soon bring to book one Mr. Osamah and eight others.

The suspects reportedly invaded Uratta, Imo State during the examination and unleashed terror on JAMB officials while conducting the UTME on Saturday, April 17, 2010.

According to the JAMB spokesperson, Mr. Timothy Oyedeji, the promise was given by the IGP on the heels of a working visit to the Louis Edet House by a JAMB delegation.
The JAMB officials had used the forum to solicit the force’s cooperation in all public examinations to be conducted by it.

Speaking at the Nigeria Police Headquarters, Louis Edet House, Abuja, the JAMB boss enumerated some initiatives already incorporated into future examinations that would curb the menace of malpractice in the JAMB’s examinations to include Biometric Capture – thumb-printing means of verifying all candidates before they would be allowed to write future examinations and ultimately e-examination.

He pleaded with the IGP, to appreciate that without the police support, no meaningful efforts at curbing examination malpractice can stand the test of time considering the criminality and the sophistication culprits have brought into the menace.

While recognising the critical role of the police, in making JAMB sacrosanct and credible, the Registrar described the role of the police as highly commendable, even in the face of limited personnel available for deployment to all examination centres across the country.

“This difficult position informed JAMB requesting from complements from the Nigeria Civil Defence and Security Corps (NCDSC)”, he said.

Prof Ojerinde informed the IGP that it was in recognition of the ever-important role of the Police in ensuring credible elections in April 2011 that some of JAMB officials involved in examination supervision would also be involved with the elections was the primary reason why JAMB decided to defer 2011 UTME till June 11, 2011.

Responding on behalf of the IGP, Mrs. Ivy U. Okoronkwo, a Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) ‘A’ Dept, promised not to leave any stone unturned in the investigation of the reported case.

She assured the JAMB team of her boss’ commitment to unravel those responsible for the act and bring the culprits to book to serve as deterrent to others in the near future.

She reiterated that the Force remained the de facto body charged with the “responsibility of crime prevention, maintenance of peace and protection of life and property and that any other agency of government can only complements our efforts within their various constitutional limits”.

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