A Federal High Court sitting in Akure, Ondo State has ordered a remand for the suspects identified as Timilehin Akinwale, Olayinka Mustapha, Peter Okereke, and Feranmi Adesuyi for impersonation and examination malpractices in the examination conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board.
The first three defendants; Akinwale, Mustapha and Okereke committed the offence of impersonation on February 15, 2023, during the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination at a Computer-Based Test centre located at Aina Awaw International College, Ilu Abo, Akure.
Adesuyi on the other hand, committed the said offence on April 28 at Amable Nigeria Limited CBT Centre in Owo, during the 2023 JAMB examination.
The police prosecutor, Moses Osimhen said the offences were contrary to Section 3(3)(c) of the Examination Malpractices Act, Cap E15, LFN, 2004 and punishable under the same section. The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.
While the prosecutor prayed the court to remand the suspects pending the date for the hearing, the defendants’ counsel, Clement Falana and Austin Agbounghale, pleaded for the court to grant their clients bail. According to them, the offences committed by the defendants were bailable.
The presiding judge, Justice T. B. Adegoke, granted the prosecutor’s plea. Adegoke who ordered that the suspects be remanded at the Olokuta Custodial Centre, adjourned the case till July 12, 2023, for hearing.