A candidate from Lagos State, Monwuba Chibuikem, has emerged as the best candidate at the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) with a score of 358.
The reports indicate that, during a Tuesday policy meeting of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, the information was contained in a paper shared.
The Board of Directors, too, at the meeting, dropped the idea for institutions to decide on their individual benchmarks during the next academic session.
According to the document, Qomarudeen Alabi from Osun and Oreoluwa Adeogun from Ogun, came second as they both scored 350.
Ajayi Isaiah from Lagos took the fourth position with a score of 349 while Okarike Kenneth from Rivers secured the fifth spot with 348.
The trio of Omonona Victor, Owoeye Oluwatimilehin, and Ehizogie Aidelogie took the sixth position with 347 while Ajeigbe Samuel and Yakubu Joshua (Edo) had 346 and 343 respectively to complete the top 10.
A breakdown of the top 10 candidates by their states of origin showed Lagos, Edo and Ekiti had the highest with two students each while Osun, Oyo, Ogun and Rivers had one each.
The gender of the top ten candidates also showed that the list consisted of nine male and only one female.
The evidence showed that five of the top ten students chose Covenant University as their first choice.
Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Lagos, Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, and Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka had one applicant each.
When their programmes of study were also examined, the data showed all candidates that made the top 10 applied for engineering and science courses.