THE Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it would be demanding an apology from the authorities of the University of Benin over the breach of a code guiding the registration of candidates for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The JAMB management announced on Monday that it had suspended nine Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres including that of UniBEN for violating the registration code for 2019 UTME.
In a swift reaction, however, the university management said that the JAMB was in haste with its conclusion without proper investigation.
“It is not proper for JAMB to withdraw our access without proper investigation of the accusation. For clarification, University of Benin is not vending JAMB PINs. We only attend to candidates who have their pins and they pay only N700,”said Michael Osasuyi, the spokesperson for the university in a statement.
But in a statement Fabian Benjamin, Head, Public Affairs at JAMB, said the exam board would be left with no option than to demand an apology from the university after it denied charging above the approved N700 for registration besides the statutory N3,500 examination fee.
It refuted the comment that the conclusion was done hastily and without proper investigation.
“The Registrar of the Board being a former Vice-Chancellor was shocked and more disturbed with evidence of the extortion of candidates by the University CBT centre,” it said.
While urging the university to do a thorough investigation to identify the “bad eggs’ involved the shameful episode before further development, JAMB reiterated that “an apology shall be required …if after the denial, the evidence is adduced to prove the infraction committed on the ground of a highly respected institution as University of Benin.”