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JAMB: Ex-registrar suggests mobile court to prosecute exam fraudsters

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A former Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof Bello Salim, has advised the board to consider setting up mobile courts for the trial of examination fraudsters and offenders.

According to him, this would be achieved with a partnership with law enforcement agencies in the country.

Prof Bello who left JAMB 13 years ago, made this recommendation to the registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, in the JAMB bulletin released on Sunday.

He said, “Examination malpractice is a global malaise. The battle is ongoing; we haven’t won it. When you present examination malpractice suspects at the beginning of August, for instance, and a court hearing is fixed for the middle of October, the hearing is adjourned almost as soon as it starts to maybe January. The court process will thus keep dragging on.

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“Let there be mobile courts just like the election tribunals to treat all cases of examination malpractices and other unwholesome practices promptly. We should have penalties that are enforceable. The prescribed seven-year jail term for anyone involved in examination malpractices should be enforced.”

He scolded some law enforcement agencies in the country which sometimes were sympathetic to examination cheats because of the severity of the punishments which could entail incarceration of the culprits.

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