The Police Force headquarters on Friday in Abuja, paraded 17 suspects, including school Principals, Teachers and Supervisors, for their involvement in examination malpractices during the 2020 West Africa Examination Council (WAEC).
The suspects were arrested in Kano, Bauchi, Nasarawa and Rivers States, while others said to have been nabbed for similar malpractices in Delta, Enugu and Lagos States, have reportedly been prosecuted in competent courts.
DCP Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer, who paraded the suspects, disclosed that the arrests were made possible by the cooperation of the examination body.
“WAEC has begun massive collaboration and partnership with the Nigerian Police Force designed to strengthen integrity and wipe out all kinds of examination malpractices”, he said.
He regretted that the some of the suspects are persons employed, trained and on WAEC’s payroll.
“Some of them are Teachers, Principals in Secondary Schools. One of them is a Primary School teacher. Some of them were host teachers, some are supervisors in the school where the exams took place”, he also said.
He advised parents to ensure that their wards prepare for their examination, shun malpractices and fraudulent practices.
The Force PRO added that all the suspects will be arraigned in court for prosecution.
Speaking, Omolemi Hassan, who represented the Head of National Council of WAEC, appreciated the Nigeria police for their support, which led to the arrest of the suspects.
She noted that contrary to insinuations on the social media, there was no leakage of WAEC examination question papers during the examination.
She said: “There was no leakage at all. It was those we trusted as invigilators, supervisors that tried to scuttle our efforts by taking pictures of the question papers and posting them to certain people. But before the suspect could escape, the Police arrested them.”