Not fewer than five candidates that wrote the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) were yesterday arrested by men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), for allegedly engaging in examination malpractices during the examination in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.
The candidates who were with registration numbers; 26164502FI, 26165977JF, 26163720HG, 26165970BJ and 26165010IG, would be prosecuted for allegedly taking answer scripts and handsets with text messages of the exam’s answers into the hall.
The senders of the answers who have not been confirmed used codifications to send the answers to the mobile phones of the arrested candidates.
Confirming the arrest, the NSCDC Public Relations Officer, Olanrewaju Kareem said that, two of the accused were arrested at the exam centre at Crescent University, Aiyetoro garage road, Abeokuta, while the other three were nabbed at another centre at African Church Grammar School, Ita-Eko, Abeokuta for being in possession of incriminating materials.
Meanwhile, it was reliably gathered that, Babcock University in Ilishan-Remo was planning to hold the exam in the night as no candidates was in the centre as at 12 pm.
It was also learnt that the same happened last year, when the exam did not start until 6 pm after other candidates across the country had finished theirs.