The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has unveiled 13 candidates with the best results in the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
According to PUNCH, the list examined the states of origin of the candidates, not where they sat for the exam.
The data released by the exam body revealed that the 13 candidates are from Anambra, Edo, Delta, Ekiti, Ondo, Akwa Ibom, Kwara, Oyo, and Ogun states.
Maduafokwa Egoagwuagwu Agnes, a candidate from Anambra, secured the highest UTME score in Nigeria with 365. He was followed closely by Nwobi Okwuchukwu David, also from Anambra, with 363.
The third spot was jointly occupied by Ojuba Mezisashe Shalom and Elikwu Victor Chukwuemeka – from Edo and Delta states respectively — with a score of 359.
On the fifth and sixth spots were Adebola Oluwatobi Paul and Gboyega Oluwatobiloba Enoch — both from Ekiti — who had 358 and 356 respectively.
The seventh spot was also jointly held by Ojo Samuel Oluwatobi from Ondo and Utulu Jebose George from Delta with a score of 355.
Osom Akan Awesome from Akwa Ibom occupied the ninth position with a score of 353 while four candidates held the 10th spot with a score of 352.
An analysis of the list showed that all the top performing candidates at this year’s UTME applied to study engineering-related courses including mechanical and civil engineering.
When the choice of institutions of the candidates was considered, it was found that five of them applied to attend the University of Lagos.
Two each applied to study at Covenant University, Obafemi Awolowo University and University of Ilorin.
The southeast region topped the list of 195 candidates indicted for exam malpractice in the country during the 2020 UTME.
This year’s UTME took place between March 14 and March 21.
JAMB had on Tuesday announced 160 as the cut-off mark for admission into public varsities with that of polytechnics and colleges of education pegged at 120 and 100 respectively.
Below is the list of 13 candidates with the highest score at the 2020 UTME:
1. Maduafokwa Egoagwuagwu Agnes -365
2. Nwobi Okwuchukwu David – 363
3. Ojuba Mezisashe Shalom – 359
3. Elikwu, Victor Chukwuemeka – 359
5. Adebola Oluwatobi Paul – 358
6. Gboyega Oluwatobiloba Enoch – 356
7. Ojo Samuel Oluwatobi – 355
7. Utulu, Jebose George – 355
9. Osom Akan Awesome – 353
10. Akakabota Fejiro Simeon – 352
10. Ogundele Favour Jesupemi – 352
10. Alatise Monsurah Bisola. – 352
10. Adelaja Oluwasemilore Daniel – 352