WAEC: Why you must guard your certificates well

WAEC: Why you must guard your certificates well

By Agency report |

The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, on Sunday, advised people in possession of its certificates to guard them well, saying it will not re-issue on account of misplacement, fire, flood or theft.

The council’s Head of National Office, Mr Olu Adenipekun, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Adenipekun said the advice was necessary as lots of people have been approaching the council at various times for a re-issue of the lost certificates.

“Let me make it clear that in the real sense of it, our certificates are issued only once, irrespective of who is involved or the circumstance that led to the misplacement, and that remains the truth of the matter.

“We do not issue our West African Senior School Certificates Examination (WASSCE) twice.

“But, if we have such cases of theft, fire, flood and others, as it concerns these certificates, yes, in reaction to our operational environment, we can consider the issuance of an ‘attestation certificate.

“About five years ago, the council, that is, the highest governing body met and took a decision on this, stressing that there is no test body that issues two of its certificates to a single candidate in one examination.

“But, if a candidate should experience such losses through fire, flood or theft and can provide all the necessary proofs required to that effect, that will show such things actually happened to his or her certificate, there are certain steps such candidates are expected to take before approaching the council for further action,” he said.

The WAEC chief explained that after all such processes had been satisfactorily concluded then, the council would consider the issuance of “Attestation Certificate”.

“It is this certificate that we give out, and not re-issuance of another certificate.

“This is what we have been doing for the past five years now.

“We have many Nigerians who have benefitted from this, because it is like a replacement of the real certificate.

“These people who have benefitted from this come from all the stratum of the society,” Adenipekun said. (NAN)

UNILAG, Ekene and UTME

UNILAG, Ekene and UTME

By Chimdi Maduagwu

The University of Lagos is not unaware of the present press and public views on the yet to commence admission and registration exercises into the university for the 2019/2020 academic session.
It is true that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has conducted and released results of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), which to some people kicks off the process of admission into tertiary institutions; however, the universities are not yet in the picture.

University of Lagos has just been dragged in due to either lack of information or insufficient information. The Guardian Opinion of May 19, 2019 presented some disturbing matters about the admission and registration processes.

In what appeared partly like a plea and partly like a command, “UNILAG, admit UTME highest scorer,” The Guardian Newspaper opinion presented what it referred first as “insinuations” but later as truth, that UNILAG will not offer a place to Ekene Franklin, who purportedly came out with the highest score of 347 of 400 in the last UTME.

The reason, according to the opinion is age – his age is 15 years and that happens to be below matriculation age.

University of Lagos would have been in a very good position to give information to the general public on the matter, if it was clearly stated, rather than insinuated; if JAMB had forwarded Ekene Franklin’s scores and other particulars to the University and if the University had confirmed information about the candidate’s age.

Ordinarily, there will be no need for a reaction like this, but because of the long standing cordial relationship between the University of Lagos and the Press – The Guardian, included – it is necessary to advance some contraries, on the side of the truth, to the press opinion.

The insinuation that a 15 year old candidate is inadmissible is not unfounded. However, it will be unfortunate to use the laws, rules, regulations, norms of an institution, which have stood the test of time as instruments of blackmail against the institution. This is what The Guardian Newspaper appears to be doing. Criteria for admission and registration into courses of study at the University of Lagos, the University of First Choice and the nation’s pride, are clearly stated for all prospective candidates to note.

Here are the five admission requirements in UNILAG
1. Admission into FULL-TIME undergraduate programmes is ONLY through Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE).

2. Candidates must obtain a minimum of 200 points in Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Candidate’s details must have been forwarded to University of Lagos by Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

3. Candidate must possess five (5) credits in O/Level or its equivalent as required by the Department of interest.

4. Candidate must sit for the University POST-UTME Screening and must obtain the required minimum score.

5. Candidate must have reached the AGE of sixteen (16) by the 31st day of October in the year of admission.

These requirements have never been subjected to challenges and pleas. The Institution is impersonal and may not change abruptly when put under emotional threats or blackmail. Decisions are end results of long procedural consideration of various panels, committees and either the senate or the governing council.

While it is natural to be sympathetic with the situation of Ekene Franklin, it will be strange if both Ekene Franklin and his parents/guardians will claim that they are unaware of the regulations governing admission and registration of candidates, not only into University of Lagos, but to Universities in Nigeria.

We suppose, the candidate in question would have chosen a course of study, and also consciously answered questions in subjects that are relevant and thus prescribed as prerequisites for admission into his choice. There is no doubt that the candidate is very intelligent and so would have observed all the other instructions given. If this be the case, the instruction governing matriculation age should not be ignored.

On a general note, there ought to be no problems with a national daily like the Guardian making her views on a possible rejection of the brilliant candidate by the “laws” of the institution known to the public, but resorting to statements which bother on insult, slander and defamation is unexpected of the revered newspaper.

The Guardian Newspaper is known and respected as a Broadsheet, which usually would stand out amongst mere Tabloids. We expect that it should strive to maintain its highly esteemed position through well thought out and objective positions on matters.

Matters of tertiary institutional admission are quite delicate in the country given Nigeria’s interest in education and manpower development. Parents as well as their wards are particularly eager to secure positions in the institutions and that makes it highly competitive.

For this reason, parents/guardians encourage their wards to test themselves at examinations ahead of time. They are well aware that sometimes, their wards may not be fully qualified for admission into institutions they seek to get into, should they succeed. For some, it is just for the candidates to gain some experience. But when the stage is upset and the casual candidates perform far above expectations, then a seemingly unmanageable case, like the one in hand evolves.

The Guardian should note that this is not the first time, and perhaps not going to be the last time for such a case.

For instance, in the early 1990s, the highest score in the then JAMB (now UTME) examination was one Chidi Ugonna, aged 15. Chidi Ugonna’s father was Prof Nnabuenyi Ugonna, (deceased) of the Department of Linguistics and African Studies, and his mother was the Deputy Librarian, all of the University of Lagos, which is also the candidate’s choice of institution.

The summary of the story is that Chidi Ugonna, by the standing regulation, forfeited the high score. So each time an under aged performs well, the tendency is for the public to agitate for either a waiver of the matriculation age restrictions or its total cancellation.

Equally, just 2018, the candidate who had the best result in the West African Examinations Council (Senior Secondary Examinations), Okorogheye David and who again scored 332 of 400 in the UTME, was under aged at the time of admission. For as long as parents and candidates will keep giving a trial to examinations, against the strict regulations, cases like this will continue.

The Guardian alleged that Unilag will be killing talent if she fails to renege and take whiz kid Ekene Franklin, but the Newspaper does not realize that the University is a highly disciplined institution, where structure and order prevail.

The system operated in this part of the world is not exactly like those in other parts of the world that The Guardian falls back on for its comparison.

For instance, here does not permit individual institutional recruitment of students and also does not give room for students to register for courses without being enrolled for a degree. Ours is thus different from other examples presented by The Guardian, where course registration is somehow more liberal and where autonomy is absolute and practical.

Nevertheless, it is unfair to associate Unilag with retrogression because it has kept to its statutes. May be it could help if at this point mention is made of the School of Foundation at the University of Lagos, which offers a preliminary course at the end of which candidates will be qualified for a direct entry admission into degree courses in the University. Very young candidates, like Ekene Franklin can explore such an opportunity because there is no age restriction since it is a pre-matriculation course.

Finally the great newspaper should be more careful so as to avoid being accused of ignorance because it has not taken consideration of a number of attendant facts to the story it carried on May 19, 2019.

Maduagwu is a Professor of English, University of Lagos

Credit: The Guardian

EKSU lecturer caught pants down with student

EKSU lecturer caught pants down with student

By Rotimi Ojomoyela, Ado-Ekiti

A lecturer at Ekiti State University, Ado -Ekiti has been caught pants down while allegedly attempting to have carnal knowledge of one his students.

In a 29-second video clip which has gone viral on social media, the lecturer who is in the Accounting Department, was seen nude.

Some female students of the varsity who were believed to have laid siege to the residence of the female student were seen dragging the embattled lecturer out of a room.

Investigations revealed that the lady’s boy friend and his friends were said to have informed the lady to play along with the lecturer when he made overtures to her in exchange for marks.

Judging by the the claim of a voice in the video, the scene of the incident was the state capital, Ado Ekiti.

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According to the video, an audible voice chatted: “This is a lecturer of EKSU. He wants to have S*x with a student”. The voice said a lot of unprintable things laying bare the escapades of the randy lecturer.

While making mockery and torturing the lecturer, one of the boys was seen pressing a powered electronic device to on his body .

The lecturer was screaming and begging the students for mercy.

He was not spared as he was beaten black and blue by the students when he was trying to resist being pulled out from the room naked.

Meanwhile, the female student was the one who uploaded the video clip on her Whatsap, captioning it :“I am not sending oh, he wants to f**k fresh pu**y.

Some students of the institution who spoke with Saturday Vanguard confirmed the identity of the lecturer in the video as a popular person, though expressed their reservations about act.

They, however, revealed that the lecturer was not alone in the game of intimidating female students to have rump with them.

They said most lecturers in the institution were in the habit of abusing and taking undue advantage of ladies hence the need for investigation into the matter and sanction on the lecturer.

They said there are several cases of such in the school but most victims were not bold enough to expose them.

Efforts to contact the lecturer was unsuccessful as his line was switched off.

However, EKSU authorities and police had said they were not aware of the incident.

Credit: Vanguard

Government Cancels Mid Term Break For Public Schools

Oyo Govt Cancels Mid Term Break For Public School

By Wale Akinselure

The Oyo State government has announced the cancellation of Thursday and Friday mid-term break for public primary and secondary schools in the state.

The state government hinged this decision on the fact that students of public schools in the state had stayed out of their classrooms for several days as a result of recent industrial actions and public holidays.

This announcement was contained in a circular with reference number, Edu1070/Col.VI/27, dated June 11, 2018, signed by the acting permanent secretary, state Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mr Idowu Adeosun.

Adeosun, in a conversation with Nigerian Tribune, however, pointed out that the directive did not affect private schools in the state.

Teachers and heads of schools were consequently to utilize the two days to make up for lost grounds in their lesson plan for the third term of the ongoing 2018/2019 session.

It would be recalled that the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) had on June 3 suspended a two weeks old strike while the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had also suspended a 24 hours long strike on May 27, 2019.

“I am to inform you that in view of the number of days the students of public primary and secondary schools have stayed out of classrooms for the reasons of public holidays and strike actions, the mid-term break for the third term of 2018/2019 academic session is hereby cancelled,” the circular read.

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JAMB releases 15,490 withheld results

JAMB releases 15,490 withheld results

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has said that it has released the withheld results of 15,490 candidates, who participated at its April 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

The board made the disclosure in a statement signed by the board’s Head of Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, on Monday in Lagos State.

It said that the results released on Saturday were part of the 34,120 it withheld while announcing the release of the results on May 11.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a total of 1,886,508 candidates registered for the examination, including candidates in foreign centres.

Out of this figure, the results of only 1,792,719 candidates were released on May 11.

“JAMB had during the release of the 2019 UTME results on Saturday, May 11, stressed that it would further probe the identity and involvement of some candidates who were suspected of being involved in one examination infraction or the other.

“As a result of this, the board has further cleared and released the results of 15,490 candidates in this category.

“This release follows the expert review of the cases in this category of candidates who were requested to upload certain credentials for scrutiny.

“At the conclusion of the review, these candidates were further classified into five groups,” it said.

It said that the first group were candidates who were sufficiently innocent.

The second was that of candidates with inconclusive evidence of culpability and were given the benefit of the doubt because of the board’s guiding principles, that it was better to let go many criminals than to punish one innocent person.

NAN reports that the board recently released results of candidates earlier cleared of wrongdoings and also conducted fresh examinations in two centres, Abuja and Otuoke in Bayelsa, where it was convinced of a genuine need to examine 490 candidates who had missed the April examination due to communication lapses.

The board said in the statement that candidates whose uploaded evidence necessitated further interrogations had been notified and invited through telephone calls, UTME profiles, SMS and emails to designated centres for further clarification on the evidence against them.

“It is in their interest to attend or such evidence will be taken as conclusive.

“There are also those whose culpability has been firmly established, necessitating cancellation of their results.

According to the board, results of additional 321 candidates have been conclusively cancelled and the affected persons notified.

It said that the other categories of candidates were those who did not heed to advice to upload evidence of their identities vis-a-vis the other impersonators, adding that there was clear evidence of their culpability.

It said that their results had been cancelled.

The board said that four additional centres were discovered to have been involved in examination fraud and had been de-listed by the board.

“The board has endured the pains of this tedious exercise in order to sanitise its processes and ensure that only genuine candidates are enrolled in the country’s tertiary education system.

(NAN)

UTME best, Ekene, receives $40,000 Ghanaian scholarship

UTME best, Ekene, receives Ghanaian scholarship

Ekene

by Praise Olowe

Overall best candidate in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) Ekene Franklin Ezeunala, formally received his $40,000 Presidential Scholarship award from representatives of the Academic City College Ghana at the weekend in Lagos.

The presentation was witnessed by his mother, Mrs. Chinelo Ezeunala; a team from his school (Meiran Community Senior High School) led by the Vice Principal, Mrs Toyin Ogunleye and Prof Adewale Solarin, who runs the Non- Profit Organisation, International Academy for the Gifted, that recommended him for the scholarship.

Speaking during the presentation at the university’s Lagos office in Isolo, Senior Admissions Manager (Nigeria), Mrs. Ogechi Ekpe, said Ekene was not given the scholarship just because he scored 347 in the UTME – the highest in the country – but because he had been recommended by Prof Solarin who runs programmes and competition’s that identify and rank gifted children in Africa.

“We have here today Ekene who scored the highest score in the UTME from Meiran Community Senior High School and we also have the key person from the International Academy for the Gifted who followed through and made sure that he got this particular scholarship.

“I want you to understand that this is a very rare privilege. You stood out among the best in Nigeria and Academic City, with a lot of counsel and a lot of selection has seemed it fit to offer you what we call a Presidential Scholarship,” she said.

Solarin, a Professor of Algebra at the National Mathematical Centre, Abuja, said Ekene was recommended for the scholarship because he had been ranked as gifted having participated in international competitions like the American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) and Kangourou Sans Frontieres (KSF) Mathematics Competitions with children in about 120 countries.

“I have slides here to show what students of his ranking achieve. When a student participates in this competition, we are able to compare him with students from 120 countries of the world.

“We have an agreement with Academic City to recommend the best three from the Academy for scholarship.

“We checked our records and we have been looking at him. He is here not just because of JAMB but his track record. Over the years he has established himself,” Solarin said.

Senior Admissions Officer, Ms Sandra Plangtok, said the $40,000 would cover Ekene’s tuition, feeding and transportation as well as $300 monthly stipends when the school is in session.

Plangtok added that Ekene would benefit from the institution’s small class size, well equipped facilities, practice of yearly internship, action-based learning that allows students to practice what they learn and entrepreneurship training.

Responding to the Scholarship, Ekene’s mother thanked Academic City for the award and Prof Solarin.

“I am so overwhelmed with joy. My thanks go to Prof. Thanks for this wonderful recommendation.

“To Academic City, you have been wonderful. To the teachers, thanks for pushing him,” she said.

Mrs. Ezeunala, a Chemistry teacher at Bigtree College, Ghana, however expressed disappointment about the lack of recognition of her son’s feat from her home State Government, Imo State and the fake news making rounds that she had received huge sums from government and various groups.

“I am using this medium to let Nigerians know that there is need to encourage young brains.

“The Governor of our state has not called. If this achievement was in the entertainment industry I know what would have happened by now.

“All we see on the internet are fake news. They said the government had come to see us and we were relocated to Ajah, which is not true.

“A group, Hijab Society presented him an envelope and when I checked it was N2, 000 that was in it year they posted online that they gave him a cash prize.

“People have been calling me thinking I received a lot of money, which is not true,” she said.

Mrs. Ogunleye also thanked the school for the scholarship. She described Ekene as a good boy.

“Franklin has been a good boy. He is quiet; he is going to represent us well.

“He is child that will go far in this world,” she said of the 15-year old who is the Head Boy of his secondary school.

Credit: The Nation

2019 UTME: JAMB, other stakeholders to announce cut-off marks Tuesday

2019 UTME: JAMB, other stakeholders to announce cut-off marks Tuesday

Breaking: JAMB, stakeholders fix cut-off mark for 2019/2020 admission Tuesday

by Frank Ikpefan, Abuja

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board will meet with stakeholders on Tuesday to decide the cut-off mark for the 2019/2020 admission.

The 2019 Policy Meeting with stakeholder will hold on Tuesday, June 11 at Gbongan, Osun State.

JAMB’s Head of Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Benjamin said the official cut-off marks for the 2019/2020 admission would be made public at the end of the policy meeting.

He advised candidates to disregard any cut-off mark being peddled by fraudsters, describing it as “fake.”

He said: “The clarification became necessary following speculations that the board had fixed the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) cut-off marks.

“It is pertinent to note that the heads of institutions and other stakeholders will do so at a policy meeting which is chaired by the Honourable Minister of Education. The board has scheduled the 2019 Policy Meeting for June 11 at Gbongan, Osun State.”

The board added that candidates should not also believe some rumour that a candidate could have two different results released by the server.

Benjamin also advised candidates to print their admission letter as they may not have been deemed to have been admitted.

Meanwhile, the board said it has successfully secured conviction for fifteen persons who were involved in double registration, examination malpractice and other infractions during the conduct of the UTME.

The board said some of the convictions were secured in Zamfara, Kebbi and other states.

Credit: The Nation

Take your job as a spiritual calling, teachers charged as Somolu MUTAN holds Ramadan lecture

Take your job as a spiritual calling, teachers charged as Somolu MUTAN holds Ramadan lecture

Dr Sulaimon Adewale of Fatihul Uluum Wal Irshad School of Arabic and Islamic Studies, delivering the first lecture

Teachers have been charged to regard their job as spiritual calling rather than mere job for which they receive salary.

This charge was given at the 1440 AH Ramadan Lecture of the Muslim Teachers’ Association of Nigeria (MUTAN), Somolu-Bariga Zone of Lagos State held at the weekend

The theme was Islam and Western Education.
Delivering one of the lectures entitled ‘An Ideal Muslim Teacher’, a retired director of education, Alhaji Nurudeen Badmus, charged Muslim teachers to take their duty beyond an occupational calling and regard it as a religious duty for which they will give an account to Almighty Allah on the Day of Judgment
He identified qualities expected of a good teacher to include punctuality, mastery of subject area, living within one’s means, humility, neatness and ability to act as loco parentis and counsellor to the students.
In addition to this, he said the ideal Muslim teacher must see to the general academic, moral, psychological and spiritual development of their students.
He therefore charged the Muslim teacher to see themselves as role models among the students and other members of staff.
Delivering the second lecture entitled The Work of Future, and the Future of Work, Dr Sulaimon Adewale of Fatihul Uluum Wal Irshad School of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Igando, Lagos State, charged parents and students to place emphasis on acquisition of technical knowledge and skills.
Noting that the employment situation has changed in the country, he recommended more practical work in tertiary institutions, provision of modern training facilities, changing curriculum to suit demand of the market as well as bridging the gap between the classroom and industry.
He also challenged MUTAN to establish career counselling department to guide the students on choice of careers.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Shomolu wing, Comrade Mukaram MAO, commended the Association for organising the soul lifting programme. He however challenged MUTAN in Shomolu Bariga zone to introduce more programmes in order to increase participation of members in its activities.

The Somolu Bariga Zonal coordinator of MUTAN, Alhaji Ibrahim Kareem, commended MUTAN members in the zone for their contributions to the success of the Ramadan lecture.
MUTAN is an association of teaching and non teaching members of staff in public primary and secondary schools.

2019 UTME: No cut-off marks yet, JAMB cautions public against fraudulent elements

2019 UTME: No cut-off marks yet, says JAMB

SPECULATIONS in some quarters over cut-off marks for admission were laid to rest yesterday.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said it has not published the national and general minimum cut-off marks for placement of candidates into the nation’s tertiary institutions.
The board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, told reporters in Lagos that some persons, whom he described as “fraudulent elements”, have been peddling the rumour that the cut-off marks were out with a ploy to defraud innocent Nigerians, especially the candidates.
Dr. Benjamin said the cut-off marks could only be arrived at with the inputs of critical stakeholders in the education sector.
He said: “We want to seize this opportunity to caution the public especially candidates, not to allow themselves to be swindled by these desperate individuals that are peddling this rumour.
“The board is yet to come up with any cut-off mark for placements into the various tertiary institutions across the country.
“The cut-off marks cannot be decided upon without the input of critical stakeholders of the education sector at an elaborate policy meeting,” he said.
Benjamin explained that the next policy meeting would be holding on June 11, at Gbongan in Osun State.
The spokesman noted that already, preparations for the meeting had been concluded, adding that officials of the Ministry of Education have been invited to attend.
According to him, other key stakeholders were also expected to grace the occasion, to determine the national cut-off mark.
He said it was only after this had been achieved that the candidates would be availed of the cut-off marks of the various tertiary institutions across the country.
Benjamin said: “The cut-off marks are the minimum expectation for every institution and that does not mean by attaining such cut-off mark, it therefore means an automatic placement into schools of first choice.
“We therefore want to appeal to the general public, especially the candidates not to fall prey to fraudsters.
“The board will continue to provide information to the public on its processes and activities at every stage.”
Over 1.8 million candidates registered for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

How WAEC arrested supervisors, candidates involved in examination malpractice

How we arrested supervisors, candidates involved in exam malpractice, WAEC


The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has disclosed that it arrested some supervisors and candidates who tried to undermine the integrity of its ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

The council’s Head, National Office (HNO), Mr. Olu Adenipekun, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Lagos.The May/June WASSCE began on Monday, April 8 nationwide and in all the member-countries.According to Adenipekun, the conduct of the examination, expected to be concluded this week, had been smooth.“I just want to report that quite a number of candidates have been arrested, including some supervisors in different parts of the country, during the conduct of this examination.“For the candidates, I may not be able to give you the number now, but that of the supervisors, it is four or five,” the HNO said.He said that the candidates involved smuggled their telephones into the examination hall and attempted to use them to snap some of the pages of the question papers to post on their WhatsApp platforms.“This was for their collaborators outside to provide answers to the questions and then return same to them via the same platform.“We also had supervisors, about four or five of them, who also got involved in this kind of examination malpractice.“They got to their various schools, opened the bag containing the question papers, and the first thing they did before distributing the papers to candidates was to use their telephones to snap pages of these question papers and equally post to their mercenaries outside,” he said.According to him, if a paper is supposed to start by 9:30 a.m. for instance, and by that same time, someone has posted it on social media, the council will have no choice than to query the supervisors.“Unfortunately for them all, we already have a tracking system that allows us to detect this malpractice very quickly.“For instance, right here in Lagos, I can easily tell my officers on the field that a certain candidate in a certain school at a certain centre has just posted pages of the question papers on WhatsApp at a particular time. So, please go there and pick him or her up.“This has yielded a lot of results because, as we all know, this is a technological fraud.“The best way to fight it is also to deploy technology which has been of tremendous success in tracking and monitoring during the course of the conduct of our examination,” he said.Adenipekun said the council’s mechanism could easily centrally track, monitor, detect and nip in the bud, from its offices in Lagos, almost instantaneously, any form of sharp practices as soon as it is carried out anywhere within Nigeria.The WAEC boss said that plan to introduce the device to checkmate examination malpractice got the approval of the Inspector-General of Police before its deployment.According to him, this is necessary because of the implications, as it is applicable not just to Nigeria alone, but to other WAEC member countries, where the examination is taken.“Since the technology is not limited to Nigeria alone, the police boss agreed that it should be handled centrally.“For those who have been arrested so far, their cases are being investigated in a bid to get more information and know their collaborators.“We are also working at ensuring that such collaborators are arrested, interrogated and possibly prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others who may want to get involved in such act in the future,” the HNO said.Adenipekun said that security challenge was surmounted by collaborations with various stakeholders, especially with support from the Nigeria Police.“We also collaborated with traditional rulers across the country and ministries of education, and I am happy to report that this 2019 WASSCE, which started eight weeks ago to be concluded this week, has been hitch-free,” he said.Adenipekun lauded the efforts and commitment of the council’s staff in ensuring the successful conduct of the examination.“As a matter of fact, we too policed ourselves very closely, even as WAEC staff,” he said.