has been announced as the overall bestcandidate in the 2019 Unified TertiaryMatriculations Examination(UTME) conductedbetween April 11 and April 15Franklin who chose University of Lagos,(UNILAG) as his first choice scored 347.Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar of the JointAdmission and Matriculation Board(JAMB),disclosed this at a news conference to announcethe release of the results in Abuja on Saturday.According to the release, Emmanuel Chidebube,a 16-year-old boy from Abia came second witha score of 346, while Isaac Olamide, a 17-year-old from Osun came third with 345.Speaking on the general performance of thecandidates Oloyede disclosed that in all 2,906candidates scored over 300 as against 4,683 in2018.The registrar continued with the breakdownsaying, 57,579 candidates scored between 250and 299 as against 64,120 in the 2018 results.He said 366,757 candidates also scoredbetween 200 and 249, which is a significantimprovement from the 2018 results.“361,718 candidates scored between 180 and199 as against 325,152 in 2018, while 494,484scored between 160 and 179 as against 455,898last year. “410,844 candidates scored between140 and 159 as against 346,825 recorded in2018 while also 99,463 scored between 100 and139 as against 64,712 in 2018.”The registrar said that about 1,792,719candidates sat for the exams, while 34,120candidates had their results withheld forexamination malpractice. He stated that 15,145results were withheld for further clarification.The registrar, therefore, advised candidates touse the phone number used for registrationand text it to 55019 to get their resultsinstantly. Oloyede identified a lot ofinfractions from candidates and ComputerBased Centres (CBT) owners ranging frommultiple registration, manipulation ofbiometrics and deliberate destruction of powersources during the examination.“No doubt, examination malpractice is acankerworm that has eaten deeply not only intoNigeria but also the rest of the world, especiallythe developed countries such as the USA andU.K.“In Nigeria too, examination malpractice isexacerbated by the insatiable greed anddesperate antics of parents, who are hell-benton inducting their innocent and not-so-innocent children into the world of sharppractices and corruption.“Double registrations led to the cancellation ofsome results last year, but we realised that thisyear not only double registrations but alsomultiple registrations were recorded. “Someonefor instance registered as many as 23 times forjust a single examination.“On impersonation, in the 2019 UTME, we wereable to identify a large number ofimpersonators, who have been writing UTME forcandidates. Most of the tutorial mastersspecialise in recruiting such professional writersfor the candidates.“They do so by using the names directly orvariants of the names or by multipleregistrations.“An example is Anambra state where twocentres registered a large number ofimpersonating candidates. In such cases, theresults of the candidates have been cancelledand the CBT centres delisted.“We have also tracked the registration centresand the computers used. In cases where wewere able to ascertain the culpability of thecentres, we delisted them,” he said.According to the registrar, the fraudstersthought they could beat the system through‘contributed fingers’ where two or more personswould use their fingers to register forcandidates.“Two examples of this case are in the AminuSaleh College of Education, Azare, wheresomeone’s finger(s) was discovered in 42person’s registration and Bauchi StateUniversity, Gadau, where one person’s is tracedto the registration of 64 candidates.“Another example was in Borno State where inNassara Computer Academy, Maiduguri, 233candidates had one particular finger includedin each of their biometric registration.“We have made representative arrests and wemust thank the Inspector-General of Policeand the Commandant-General of the NSCDC fortheir wonderful cooperation. “The I-G actuallyset up a Special Task Force of the ForceIntelligence Bureau (FIB), which assistedtremendously in tracking the offenders”.Oloyede, however, noted that 116 centres hadbeen delisted for various infractions, sayingthat 18 of the 116 centres was previouslysanctions by the governing board of JAMB. He,therefore, assured universities of the board’scommitment in sending biometrics and photodetails of candidates to the universities forpost UTME.