UTME: No exemption on biometric verification, JAMB insists

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…As Onnoghen resumes CCT trial after health challenge***

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says there is no exemption on biometric verification for all candidates of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The board made this known in its Vol. 1, No 11 weekly Bulletin of the Office of the Registrar and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.

According to the board, biometric verification will be the only mode of admittance of candidates into its examination centres nationwide saying that examination officials must adhere strictly to the rules.

“Exemption mode is not allowed for any candidate, therefore, no biometric verification, no examination and no candidate should be kept waiting if he or she cannot be verified but should be directed to contact JAMB.

“There is no other attendance register apart from the biometric verification, it will also serve as the attendance register during the examination as photo albums will only carry pictures with no marking points for either present or absent.

“All examination officials, including security agents are to ensure compliance with all guidelines, rules and regulations on the examination as strict adherence to the guide on compulsory biometric verification of every candidate is required,” the board said.

It also listed prohibited items into the examination halls as watches, pen, mobile phones or similar electronic device, books, calculators, smart eye lenses, earpieces, recorders and jewellery.

Others are key holders, ATM cards, erasers, Bluetooth devices, microphones among others, while adding also that spy reading glasses must be scrutinised.

NAN recalls that the board had recently scheduled to commence the 2019 exercise starting with its mock examination on April 1 and the main examination on April 11, across its Computer Based Test (CBT) centres, nationwide.

In the meantime, the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen on Monday was present for his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), after attending to health challenges.

His trial was adjourned on Tuesday, 12 March following his absence on health grounds.

According to Onnoghen’s lawyer Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), the suspended CJN was suffering from toothache. And to buttress his position, Awomolo presented a medical report signed by Onnoghen’s doctor and Medical Director, Ideal Medical Services, Dr. Francis Uche.

He said the doctor had recommended that Justice Onnoghen should observe a 72-hour bed rest for his high blood pressure to be properly monitored.

In his reaction, the prosecution counsel, Aliyu Umar (SAN), upheld the reason given by the defence counsel.

He admitted that the reason for the defendant’s absence in court was cogent enough.

He added that since his doctor requested that Onnoghen should observe some rest, and also considering his age, it was only necessary that the tribunal should adjourn sitting to enable the defendant to recover fully and resume the trial.

In his ruling, Justice Umar held that in view of the medical report and the prosecution’s stand that Onnoghen’s health is important, and also considering his age and other issues raised in the medical report, the matter stands adjourned till March 18, 2019, at the instance of the defendant.

The Nigerian government is suing the CJN over refusal to declare his assets in breach of the provision of the Code of Conduct Bureau Act.

He is also being accused of maintaining domiciliary foreign currencies account which comprised Dollars Account, Pound Sterling Account and Euro Account which are alleged to be contrary to relevant laws, especially for public office holders.

Additional report from Guardian NG