The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has issued an official statement on the latest rumour that the examination body has reduced the scores of candidates who sat for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
JAMB describes it as fake and called on candidates to disregard such news, a statement signed by its Head of Media and Publicity, Fabian Benjamin, has said.
The report had claimed that scores of candidates who sat for the UTME and were found to have cheated were made to lose 100 marks.
JAMB said that an investigation carried out discovered that the fake news emanated from a gang who coordinated from a town called Igarra in Edo state with affiliates in Lagos and other states.
The board described the act as fraudulent and meant to extort parents and candidates.
“A gang being coordinated from a town called Igarra in Edo State with affiliates in Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Abia, Anambra and Plateau states are circulating fake notice of impending reduction of UTME scores.
“This is with intent to extort and defraud parents and candidates.
“Candidates results would be received on their registered cell phones as soon as the ongoing scrutiny of the examination centres are completed and publicly announced.
“Only the fraudulent candidates or parents stand being defrauded on this matter,” the board said.
More than 1.8 million candidates registered for the examination.
JAMB has also said that candidates who sat for the 2019 UTME will be able to check the results on their mobile phone.