A 15year old imo state boy has been announced best candidate for the 2019 utme

ekele Franklin, a 15-year-old boy from Imo,
has been announced as the overall best
candidate in the 2019 Unified Tertiary
Matriculations Examination(UTME) conducted
between April 11 and April 15
Franklin who chose University of Lagos,
(UNILAG) as his first choice scored 347.
Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar of the Joint
Admission and Matriculation Board(JAMB),
disclosed this at a news conference to announce
the release of the results in Abuja on Saturday.
According to the release, Emmanuel Chidebube,
a 16-year-old boy from Abia came second with
a score of 346, while Isaac Olamide, a 17-
year-old from Osun came third with 345.
Speaking on the general performance of the
candidates Oloyede disclosed that in all 2,906
candidates scored over 300 as against 4,683 in
The registrar continued with the breakdown
saying, 57,579 candidates scored between 250
and 299 as against 64,120 in the 2018 results.
He said 366,757 candidates also scored
between 200 and 249, which is a significant
improvement from the 2018 results.
“361,718 candidates scored between 180 and
199 as against 325,152 in 2018, while 494,484
scored between 160 and 179 as against 455,898
last year. “410,844 candidates scored between
140 and 159 as against 346,825 recorded in
2018 while also 99,463 scored between 100 and
139 as against 64,712 in 2018.”
The registrar said that about 1,792,719
candidates sat for the exams, while 34,120
candidates had their results withheld for
examination malpractice. He stated that 15,145
results were withheld for further clarification.
The registrar, therefore, advised candidates to
use the phone number used for registration
and text it to 55019 to get their results
instantly. Oloyede identified a lot of
infractions from candidates and Computer
Based Centres (CBT) owners ranging from
multiple registration, manipulation of
biometrics and deliberate destruction of power
sources during the examination.
“No doubt, examination malpractice is a
cankerworm that has eaten deeply not only into
Nigeria but also the rest of the world, especially
the developed countries such as the USA and
“In Nigeria too, examination malpractice is
exacerbated by the insatiable greed and
desperate antics of parents, who are hell-bent
on inducting their innocent and not-so-
innocent children into the world of sharp
practices and corruption.
“Double registrations led to the cancellation of
some results last year, but we realised that this
year not only double registrations but also
multiple registrations were recorded. “Someone
for instance registered as many as 23 times for
just a single examination.
“On impersonation, in the 2019 UTME, we were
able to identify a large number of
impersonators, who have been writing UTME for
candidates. Most of the tutorial masters
specialise in recruiting such professional writers
for the candidates.
“They do so by using the names directly or
variants of the names or by multiple
“An example is Anambra state where two
centres registered a large number of
impersonating candidates. In such cases, the
results of the candidates have been cancelled
and the CBT centres delisted.
“We have also tracked the registration centres
and the computers used. In cases where we
were able to ascertain the culpability of the
centres, we delisted them,” he said.
According to the registrar, the fraudsters
thought they could beat the system through
‘contributed fingers’ where two or more persons
would use their fingers to register for
“Two examples of this case are in the Aminu
Saleh College of Education, Azare, where
someone’s finger(s) was discovered in 42
person’s registration and Bauchi State
University, Gadau, where one person’s is traced
to the registration of 64 candidates.
“Another example was in Borno State where in
Nassara Computer Academy, Maiduguri, 233
candidates had one particular finger included
in each of their biometric registration.
“We have made representative arrests and we
must thank the Inspector-General of Police
and the Commandant-General of the NSCDC for
their wonderful cooperation. “The I-G actually
set up a Special Task Force of the Force
Intelligence Bureau (FIB), which assisted
tremendously in tracking the offenders”.
Oloyede, however, noted that 116 centres had
been delisted for various infractions, saying
that 18 of the 116 centres was previously
sanctions by the governing board of JAMB. He,
therefore, assured universities of the board’s
commitment in sending biometrics and photo
details of candidates to the universities for
post UTME.