Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: 60 Army Officers Quizzed Over Exam Malpratices

ABOUT 60 officers of the Nigerian Army are currently being interrogated for allegedly cheating during the just concluded promotion examination held at the 1st Mechanised Division, Kaduna. If found culpable at the end of investigation by the Military Police unit of the Force, the officers, according to Army authorities, would be charged before a court of competent jurisdiction for trial.

Vanguard gathered that 300 officers, captains and lieutenants, sat for the mandatory promotion examination between February 10 and 15, 2013, out of which only 60 of them who allegedly saw the leaked questions, passed. The leaked answers was reportedly found in the cell phone of one of the officers, a lieutenant, while the examination was going on, despite instruction to keep mobile phones away from the hall. Report said the officer bolted immediately the deed was discovered. But already, he had allegedly passed the answers round to some of his friends.

Also indicted in the examination leakage saga, was a clerk alleged to have made the questions available to the lieutenant. Although it was gathered that the result was currently generating an uproar from the 240 officers who failed the exam, as they claimed only those who saw the leaked questions passed the exams. They also expressed shock that no measure had been taken to punish the alleged cheats.

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