Authorities from the University of Calabar, UNICAL, Cross River State, has confirmed to news me the apprehension of a notorious examination impersonator on the ongoing university aptitude test.
The suspect simply identified as Emmanuel Uwakwe, a trader based in Ariaria Market in Aba, Abia state was caught red-handed by the security unit of the university while carrying out the illicit act inside school.
Addressing with Journalists on the developing, the Chief Security officer of the institution, Cpt Austin Bisong (rted) disclosed that Mr Uwakwe was bursted after completing the said exercise for six out of the seven persons who contracted him to write the Computer Based Test, CBT, for them.
Cpt Bisong, Uwakwe disclosed that the suspect was arrested by security personnel after they observed that he had overstayed on the computer.
“During his arrest, he was already trying to input the personal identity number, PIN, of the last and seventh candidate as he was using only five minutes for each paper during the said examination.
“For now, all six candidates he wrote on their behalf can never have their results, and they have risked their admission status with the institution,” the CSO said.
Source reports that the CSO hinted that investigation was ongoing, as they would leave no stone unturned in getting to the root of the matter and if there was an insider involved in the racket adding that the suspects would be handed over to the police for onward investigation and prosecution.
The suspect who was remorseful appealed to the university management for leniency while apologizing for what he did.
“I was promised 50,000 naira to write for seven candidates and I have already received N40,000 advance payment with a balance of N10,000 only.
“I’m proficient in operating the computer that was why I was given the job and I came from Abia state to write the examination for the candidates who contracted me in Calabar.
“I own a shop in Ariaria market in Aba; I only came here to make some money, I’m appealling to the school to pardon me,” Uwakwe begged.