The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is not taking its fight against examination fraud lightly.
It has begun a probe of credentials of applicants from 2009 till now through the use of a new biometric software.
This means that persons who cheated the system to pass the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination to get into school and may have graduated and participated in the National Youth Service corps will be arrested and have their certificates withdrawn.
The probe will reveal pictures of people found culpable and they will be published.
The Head, Media and Information of JAMB, Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this during an interview with newsmen on Monday.
Benjamin said the probe had begun and it would be completed in record time as JAMB had acquired software which would be able to identify fake biometric data.
Explaining how impersonation takes place, Benjamin added, “This is how they operate: My name is Fabian Benjamin but I will register as Abdullahi Musa and do exams for Abdullahi Musa but I will use my picture and my biometric data; only the name will be different.
“I will register as John David, as Austin Steven. I will register in the name of anyone that pays me, do exams for that person but I will use my picture. What this means is that when I get into the hall, the biometric data verification will allow me to enter but I will do the exam for someone else.
“The person whom exams were taken on his behalf would get into university and of course most universities don’t use the pictures of JAMB during admissions but what we want to enforce now is that the institutions must use the picture of the person.
“We will give the institutions the photo and it must match. In fact, only our pictures must be accepted by the institutions.” He stated