The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB on Monday said it has exonerated 15,490 candidates earlier accused of cheating during the exam, saying it has released the results of their Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination The board had earlier withheld thousands of results after rampant exam cheat claims.

JAMB’s head of Media, Fabian Benjamin, in a statement today said the clearance and release of withheld results was in consonance with the promise made by the board during the release of the results of 2019 UTME on Saturday, 11th May, 2019 that it would further probe the identity and involvement of some candidates who were suspected of being involved in infractions.

Candidates who were probed were further classified into five groups including firstly, those who have sufficiently proved their innocence and secondly, those with inconclusive evidence of culpability and were given the benefit of the doubt ‘because of the guiding principles of the Board that it is better for many criminals to go free than to punish one innocent candidate.