Fifteen year old Abia indigene who scored the highest mark in the just released Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, results of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME, be not be admitted into any University in Nigeria.
According to analysts, the age condition by JAMB has already disqualified him despite making the highest score of 347 in the exam.
The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who announced this at a media briefing, Saturday, however, said the best candidate may not be admitted in the University of Lagos, which he chose as his first choice because of age.
He gave the names of the three best candidates as Ekene Franklin, Igban Emmanuel Chidiebube and Oluwo Isaac Olamilekan Oloyede did not disclose the intended courses of the best performing students. Oloyede insisted that although the best scored candidate applied as an undergraduate at the University of Lagos,he may not get admitted on account of being under-aged. Franklin was followed by Emmanuel Chidiebube from Abia state, aged 16, who came second with 346 points, while Isaac Olanilekon who applied to study at Obafemi Awolowo University(OAU) came third, scoring 345. According to the examination body, some of the pranks which candidates deployed to undermine the process included, multiple registration, impersonation, deliberate distruption of the examination process, manipulation of biometrics, collusion of some private CBT centres with parents, syndicate of closed centres as well as extortion of candidates. He explained that these infractions accounted for the delays in releasing the results, noting that the agency has been taking pains to screen the candidates biometric details with a view to uncovering those who engaged in multiple registration.