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Exam Malpractice: 100 UTME Candidates Arrested

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has said that no fewer than 100 candidates of the just concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination were arrested nationwide by security operatives for various examination malpractices.

Our correspondent learnt that the suspects were apprehended by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and would be charged to court at the completion of investigations.

The board confirmed the arrest in a bulletin released on Monday, noting that the crimes ranged from multiple registrations, ghost writing to impersonation.

It said, “No fewer than 100 candidates have been picked up by security agencies nationwide as part of efforts to sanitise the examination process. Among those arrested was a candidate who registered 64 times in a bid to take the examination for 64 candidates, since the examination ran for seven days and had an average of three shifts per day per centre.

“The arrests of the culprits were made possible by the compulsory identity checks conducted on the candidates, with a view to fishing out professional ghost writers.”

According to the bulletin, the JAMB Registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, stated that no act of examination malpractices would be condoned, as the board had engaged “cutting edge technology to capture all activities taking place in the Computer-Based Test centres.”

Oloyede added that there was a criminal gang from Edo, Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Abia, Anambra and Plateau states who circulated fake UTME result notices, urging parents to disregard such falsehood.

The registrar said, “A gang being coordinated from a town, Igarra in Edo State, with affiliates in Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Abia, Anambra and Plateau states, is circulating fake notice of impending reduction of UTME scores. This is with intent to extort and defraud fraudulent parents and candidates.

“Candidates’ results would be received on their registered cell phones as soon as the ongoing scrutiny of the examination centres is completed and publicly announced.”

The board insisted that whenever the UTME results were released, candidates would be able to check their results from their mobile phones, by sending a code to 55019.

“All that a candidate who wishes to check his or her results needs to do is to text to 55019 using the same phone number that was used for registration and his or her result would be returned as a text message,” the bulletin said.

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Cult Clash in Lagos Claims Seven Lives

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No fewer than seven people were reportedly killed during a violent clash between two rival cults in the Ijede area of Ikorodu, Lagos State.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, who confirmed the incident, told theNews Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, on Wednesday, that the KK and Eiye confraternities were involved in the clash.

Elkana said the command immediately responded and arrested 10 suspects.

He explained that the fracas, leading to deaths, started when an argument ensued between two members of the groups, with one of the fighters stabbed.

The police spokesman said the gang, whose member was stabbed, believing him to be dead, launched a retaliatory attack on members of the rival group.

He said the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumisu, immediately called for an emergency meeting and summoned the Area Commander, Divisional Police Officers and the tactical commanders where the incident occurred.

According to him, the police chief also deployed the Special Strike Force men to arrest the cultists and deal with the situation.

Reacting to the development, the Chairman, Ijede Local Council Development Area, Mr Fatiu Salisu, said the clash started on Monday when a man was reportedly stabbed with a bottle and was rushed to the Ikorodu General Hospital.

Salisu said the man was rejected due to the nature of his injuries and he was later referred to a teaching hospital, where he was attended to.

According to him, members of his group thought that he had died, and thereafter embarked on a revenge mission in the community.

He stated, “I was at a meeting in Ikeja when I was called that a member of the Eiye Confraternity had been stabbed, and when I came, I saw one corpse at the roundabout.”

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Man, 40, Lands in Police Net for Beating, Stabbing Wife to Death

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The police in Ogun State have arrested a 40-year-old man, Bamidele Olanrewaju, for allegedly beating his wife, Adenike, to death.

Mr Olanrewaju allegedly committed the act in their home in Ofada community in the state.

Police spokesperson in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the arrest on Monday. He said the incident occurred on Sunday and was reported at the Ofada Police Post by the 15-year-old son of the couple.

He said, the boy, Ayomide Olanrewaju, told the police that his mother had a misunderstanding with his father, leading to a fight between them.

He said his father hit her with a big stick until she fell into a coma, after which he allegedly stabbed her on the head with a screwdriver, resulting in the death of the woman.

“On the strength of the report, the officer-in-charge Ofada Police Post, DSP Akinfolahan Oluseye led his men to the scene at Bisodun village via Ofada where the suspect who had been held down by the people of the community was handed over to the police and he was immediately taken to Owode-Egba Divisional headquarters where he is currently being interrogated,” Mr Oyeyemi said.

He said preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was fond of beating his wife. After finally beating her to death, Mr Oyeyemi said the suspect attempted to bury the corpse secretly when their children who saw him digging a grave by the side of their house alerted their neighbours.

“The corpse of the victim has been deposited at Olabisi Onabanjo Teaching Hospital Mortuary, Sagamu for autopsy, while the screwdriver and the stick which the suspect used to kill the victim have also been recovered,” the police spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered the suspect transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigation and prosecution.

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Police Arrest Notorious Female Armed Robber in Delta

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Officers and men of the “Safe Delta” Unit of the Nigeria Police Force, led by CSP Anieteh Eyoh, on Monday morning, arrested a notorious female armed robber, Bella Lucky, and two other suspects of a criminal gang at McClivers market area in Warri, Delta State.

The armed robbery syndicate, who has been on the police wanted list, included two boys and a female. They are presently in custody at the Delta State Police Command in Asaba.

Daggers and some mobile phones were recovered from the suspects by the police operatives, who tracked the notorious female suspect down to a hideout after she allegedly stabbed and inflicted injuries on a yet-to-be-identified woman.

The PUNCH gathered that the notorious female armed robber specialises in luring victims to the criminal gangs terrorising Warri and its environs with a commercial tricycle, popularly known across the state as “Keke”.

Confirming the arrest of the armed robbery syndicate, the Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Hafiz Inuwa, told journalists in Warri that “three of them were arrested. One of them is a very young girl.”

Inuwa said, “These are armed robbers who were using a woman. It’s not a question of a notorious armed robber. It’s a gang using knife, stabbing people and robbing them.”

According to the police boss, the modus operandi of the syndicate is to use the female robber “to deceive passengers, engage them in a discussion, get them carried away, and rob them”.

“They’ve been arrested and they’re in our custody,”, the CP added.

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