In its bid to encourage hard work among students and perhaps ensure transparency, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has announced its top seven best candidates in the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.
Top on the list is an indigene of Biu, Borno State, Israel Zakari, who scored 364.
This came rather as a surprise considering his state which has been ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency since the inception of their attacks for almost a decade.
According to the board, Zakari, who sat for the UTME in Ogun State, beat Adekunle Jesufemi from Ogun State to the second position with 358 score, and Alikah Oseghale from Edo State, to the third position with 357 score.
Another candidate, Ademola Adetola, who hails from Ogun State and sat for the examination in Lagos State, came fourth with 355.
Meanwhile, the fifth position was shared among three candidates who got 354; Akinyemi Paul from Ogun State, who wrote his examination in Lagos, Terhemba Moses from Benue State, who wrote the examination in Makurdi and Obi-Obuoha Abiamamela from Rivers State, who wrote the examination in Port Harcourt.
The JAMB Head of Public Affairs, Dr Fabian Benjamin, who confirmed this in a release on Sunday, said the board appealed to individuals and organisations, which wanted to use the UTME data for research and national statistics to seek accurate information from the agency and avoid misleading sources.
Benjamin said: “This release of candidates’ scores is imperative to ensure that the public is not misled by unverified reports.
“Israel Galadima from Borno State came first with 364 score while Adekunle Jesufemi from Ogun State scored 358; the third position is Alikah Oseghale from Edo State, who sat for the examination in Ekpoma and scored 357. This is to put the records in perspective.”