And according to the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board, they have already failed.
The papers sold for as high as N200,000, according to the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Prof. Is-haq Oloyede.
According to the Registrar, the fraudsters claimed to have prepared answers to the examination questions being conducted by JAMB.
We know this because he spoke about it during the monitoring of the ongoing UTMEs with the Minister of State for Education Prof. Anthony Anwukah in Abuja.
There's no special skill. Just the good old swap-game. They simply take past question papers and redesign them by changing the date and then sell them.
He said some candidates fell for the trick, paying huge sums of money to purchase the question papers only to be disappointed on the examination day.
The registrar said:
“This morning, somebody sent me questions. They call it Orijo and he bought it for N200,000 and when I saw it, it was our questions in 1984 and he just put 2017 on it and started selling it and people are buying it.
“So, if people are corrupt, I won’t have any sympathy if they are duped by corrupt people like themselves. They are just being wise. They went into the past questions of JAMB and just changed the heading.
“Somebody else called me and said he had all my questions. I asked him to send them to me and when I checked, I just laughed because none of that was in our questions. What people are just doing, they are making money because people are gullible.
“We appeal to people to do things according to the rules. No cutting of corners will work with JAMB and that is why many of the candidates who fell for such blackmail are disappointed.”
The board has released the results of the examination conducted on Saturday.
“The result of UTME has come out and the performance is not too bad. But we are sure that this is the performance now rather than thinking you can get result one way or the other.”
And of course, he talked about the incident where candidates couldn't write their exams at Ladoke Akintola University.
Arrangements are being made by the board to transfer its candidates at the two CBT centres in Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho, Oyo State to University of Ilorin to write their examination.
He said about 440,000 candidates out of the 1.7 million that registered for the UTME sat for the examination on the second day.
Prof. Anwukah hailed the board for smooth conduct of the examination. He had a few things to say too:
“This is excellent. Everything is in place and everything is going well based on what we have seen. The candidates should do their best and should not cheat. And of course, they cannot cheat.”