By Veronica Dariya
Ogun State Nigeria took a comfortable position on the list of top five best performing students in the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board.
According to statistics by JAMB, three of the 5 students who made the highest score, had links to Ogun state.
The highest scoring candidate Mr Galadima Zakari, although from Biu in Borno State, sat for the examination in Ogun state and emerged with 364 out of 400.
The second highest scorer, Adekunle Jesufemi, with a score of 358, is from Ogun state and also sat for the in the state.
The third highest score of 357 however went to Alikah Oseghale from Edo State who sat for the examination in Ekpoma.
Ogun state also produced the 4th highest scorer, Ademola Adetola who is from Ogun State but sat for the examination in Lagos and recorded a score of 355.
While Akinyemi Paul from Ogun state, who wrote his examination in Lagos, Ape Moses from Benue who wrote the examination in Makurdi and Obi-Obuoha Abiamamela from Rivers who wrote the examination in Port Harcourt came fifth with a tie score of 354.”
The board’s Head of Media, Dr Fabian Benjamin, said in a statement on Sunday, in Abuja said that the information became necessary and to put the records in proper perspective following a circulated misinformation in some quarters.
According to him, the attention of the board is drawn to publications that Ape Moses from Benue came top in the entire exercise.
The report, he said, was untrue and incorrect.
He, however, explained that Moses with 354 score was the highest scorer from Benue State and the entire North Central.
Benjamin added that it was imperative to set the records straight in order to ensure that the public was not misled by unverified report.
” The Board appeals to all interested individuals and organisations who would want to use its data for research, reportage and other national necessary disposition to always contact it for accurate and up to date information.
” This is so as not to misdirect the public into taking wrong and misleading conclusions.
” Our doors are always open to any request especially when the nation would be the ultimate beneficiary.”