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2,244 Candidates Abscond From UNIZIK Post-UTM Exam

Posted: Sep 15, 2015 at 6:07 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chukwujekwu Ilozue, Awka

 

Of the 30, 477 candidates who made Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, their first choice and who were invited to the post University Matriculation Examination (Post-UME) only 28,233 candidates turned up for the examination.

This figure, according to the university, does not include affiliated institutions which date has not been fixed for their screening.

Also, according to the data provided by the university’s Director of Information and Public Relations, Dr. Emmanuel Ojukwu, of the 28,233 candidates that turned up for the examination, 167 were apprehended for impersonation and handed to security agents.

“They are being processed by security agencies and will be charged to court soon”, he said in a statement he issued in the university.

Explaining the reason for the abscondment, Ojukwu said: “We noticed that due to stringent processes deployed by the University, many fraudulent candidates did not turn up for the screening to avoid being detected.

“The university’s newly acquired Biometric Data Capturing Machines were fully deployed where candidates’ finger prints were matched with what we already have on our data base.

“There is also physical verification of claimed documents. The shortfall of 2,244 candidates who did not present themselves for screening may not be unrelated with the stringent processes of screening which eliminated impersonation to a large extent”, he concluded.

He said 4,978 candidates sat for the examination the first day; 3,745 candidates on day two; 5,993 candidates on day three and 6,298candidates; 2,816 candidates;4,403 candidates on days four, five and six.

He advised candidates who sat for the examination to check their results on the university’s website free of charge and that results have been uploaded on the university’s portal.

He lamented that based on investigation from candidates arrested for impersonation and other malpractices, it would appear that “parents encourage their wards to cheat and this is wrong and bad example”.

He warned that “the admission into the University is purely on merit”“and that parents should not give money to anyone for admission as such money will be a waste.

According to him, “it is on record that some persons including staff of the University who collected money to assist candidates get admitted could not succeed last year.

“As a result a staff of the university abandoned his work and ran away till today. The other one whose case was reported to the University administration has been dismissed from the university.

He added: “It is also important to inform the public that some criminals have opened facebook pages in the name of our Vice-chancellor, Prof. Joseph Eberendu Ahaneku, FAS.

“Our vice-chancellor has no facebook account or page. Please ignore any solicitations for favour emanating from such fake facebook pages.”