Whiz-kid dares JAMB Registrar To Arrest Him
Master Akachukwu Onyiuke, the whizkid from Anambra, who scored 9As in the 2019 May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), has challenged the Registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB (JAMB), Prof Ishaq Oloyede to arrest and prosecute him if he feels he entered the examination hall illegally as accused.
The 17-year-old Anambra State indigene has asked the Registrar of JAMB, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, to review the CCTV at his exam centre to ascertain his claims of following due process before entering the hall to write the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). He also challenged Oloyede to prosecute him if he has evidence that he entered the exam hall illegally to write the UTME:
“I am ready to be prosecuted by JAMB. They have arrested many candidates, why have they not come after me. The Registrar, Prof Oloyede, claimed I entered the exam hall illegally. If he has the proof that I did not follow due process in entering the exam hall, let him order my arrest. I am not scare because I did biometric and went through other formalities before proceeding to the third floor to write the UTME.”
Onyiuke had his UTME withheld since May despite efforts by him, school and the parents to ensure the result were released. JAMB withheld the result without explanation until the Zonal Coordinator in Anambra State in August disclosed that he did not do biometrics. Confident of not breaching the exam (UTME) rules and regulations, Onyiuke threw the challenge to JAMB registrar to do the needful if he (Oloyede) has evidence that he gained access into the exam hall illegally and order his arrest.
The whiz-kid from Nimo in Njikoka Local Government had told newsmen earlier that he suspected JAMB is holding on to his result because he may have scored above 370.
Aloof his response to the coordinator through email detailing the process he went through at his exam centre before writing the UTME, Onyiuke sworn to an affidavit at the State High Court in Onitsha to give credence to his position that he went through due process. The co-ordinator, Linda Ajanwachuku, told him via e-mail: “As a result of the ticketing raised last Friday, your petition has been answered and has been sent to your email. Apparently, there is no evidence that you did biometrics verification before you entered the examination hall.’’
According to Akachukwu Onyiuke ‘’If JAMB claim that there is no evidence pointing the fact that I did thumbprint, I find that uncalled for. Firstly, my centre was arguably the best in the nation and there was no record of examination malpractice. Secondly, my slip was signed as evidence to prove that I did my biometrics verification so it is in your best interest and JAMB’s as well to produce that ‘signed slip’.
“Thirdly, I do not want to believe that the board is hard of hearing because I have stated for the umpteenth time that there are CCTVs in my examination centre and playing such CCTVs back to a certain date is something that even I can do.
‘’Having stated all these, I am sure that you will agree with me that there is enough evidence to go round. I urge the JAMB to review their consciences and also note that they are on the wrong side of this argument. If it is my high score that bothers you, my antecedents are more than sufficient to back it up.
To further prove his point, Onyiuke swore to an affidavit where he revealed how he wrote the UTME. He stated that on April 17, 2019, he got to the his exam centre, Chamscity/Sascon CBTS2, Third Floor, Sascon International School, Maitama, Abuja, and he and other candidates were made to queue up for 30 minutes for screening. After screening, he proceeded to do biometrics: “In doing my biometrics, I placed my finger on the machine and made sure personally that my credentials appeared on the screen.’
‘’My examination centre was on the third floor. I made my way up the flight of stairs to the third floor and presented my signed examination slip to the official at the entrance upon which I was allowed into the exam hall to locate my seat.
“The examination went smoothly, and I was glad that after very thorough and strenuous hours, days, weeks and months of studying, I was not a bit surprised at what was presented on the screen, as the exam was very easy for me.
‘’In reality and actual fact, I do not expect to be presented with a score less than 370 at the least. I finished the exam, which was to run for two hours in about one hour and 15 minutes, thus giving me ample time to go through my work, which I did for the reminder of the time.
‘’We were again made to queue up so as to sign out. Again I thumbprinted and ensured that my credentials once again appeared on the screen. With this done, I submitted my signed examination slip to the official and left the premises.’’
The lad urged JAMB to re-visit and review the CCTV to ascertain his claims and disclosed that on the exam day, he wore a red shirt, ash trousers, and black shoes and glasses: ‘’I, my school authorities and parents had earlier written and paid several visits to the JAMB office at Bwari, Abuja requesting for investigation and further verification, yet not a word from JAMB.’’
Proprietor of his school, Royal Academy, Ibadan, Oyo State, Chief Laide Oluwaseun, said: ‘’I don’t want to take side in this issue. But with his performance in SS11 when he wrote UTME (270) and his performance as a private candidate (WASSCE) and with 9As in May/June 2019 WASSCE, it is obvious that JAMB should take a second look at his claim. If the board has a strong case against him, let them make it public rather than keeping quite.’’