The Inspector General of Police (I-G), Mr Mohammed Adamu, has pledged continuous police support for efforts to discourage examination malpractices in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba, conveyed the assurance of the I-G in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
Mba said that the force would continue to partner with the examination body to ensure that perpetrators of exam malpractice were brought to book.
He said that 12 suspects were arrested for their involvement in various examination malpractices in the just-concluded WASSCE in some states across the country.
Mba said the arrest of the suspects followed the renewed partnership between the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the police, which was aimed at ensuring and promoting the integrity of examination processes.
“Investigations by police revealed that the suspects used their privileged positions as invigilators, supervisors and school functionaries to conspire, perpetrate and encourage varying degrees of malpractices.
“The malpractices, among others, include online transmission of examination questions and answers on various social media platforms,” he said.
Mba said that the suspects were arrested in Kano, Rivers, Nasarawa and Bauchi states.
He said that the I-G had enjoined parents, guardians, students and all stakeholders in the examination processes to cooperate with the police and WAEC in efforts to end examination malpractice.