The embattled student is no longer permitted to take the exam after the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) maintained that the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result displayed by Mmesoma Ejikeme “is blatantly fraudulent.”
This was disclosed by the board in a statement released on Tuesday by its spokesperson Fabian Benjamin.
The management of the board, after taking into account the serious offence committed by Ms Ejikeme Joy Mmesoma, in accordance with its established protocols, withdrew her 2023 UTME results, according to the JMAB statement. Also, she is no longer permitted to take the board test for the following three years.
On Sunday, the exam board withdrew Ms Ejikeme’s UTME score after accusing her of faking and manipulating her results.
The adolescent had, however, on Monday denied fabricating the UTME results in a new viral video while speculating that it might have been a systemic error on the part of the board.
The board wants to reassure Nigerians that its system has not been tampered with or corrupted as a result. The candidate merely altered a duplicate of Asimiyu Mariam Omobolanle’s result slip, who took the UTME in 2021 and received a score of 138, the exam organisation said.
It is also essential to note that the applicant accidentally identified the rightful owner of the result she is flaunting in her statement, according to JAMB. Before peddling a lie in an effort to obfuscate the truth, she did this by pointing out that the QR code on the result slip revealed who the true owner of the stated result was.
The statement continued, “Thus, the general public is asked to try to scan the QR code on the result slip to see its actual owner before it was mutilated to witness the impregnable position of the board on this evident falsehood. It should be remembered that each candidate’s UTME results are encoded in the QR code. Hence, the information on the result sheet
The board went on to say that in order to dissuade candidates from fabricating their UTME results, it discontinued distributing notification of result slips in 2021.
From 2022, according to JAMB, it has been providing actual UTME result slips (as opposed to notifications of results), each of which includes the candidate’s photograph.
The statement said, “Similarly, the public is also invited to reflect on the reality that only Ms Ejikeme Mmesoma paraded the antiquated “notice of result” out of all the candidates who took the 2023 UTME.
According to JAMB, Ms Ejikeme had been reported to security personnel.
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The statement emphasised that “this matter has thus been appropriately handed over to competent security agencies for a comprehensive investigation to unmask the masterminds of yet another sad fraud.” “The board is not against public inspection and hereby advises a public session with representatives of Ms Ejikeme and necessary security authorities in attendance as soon as possible.”
According to JAMB, this was done because “the board’s experience over the years demonstrated that these cunning candidates admitted to their ignoble deeds only when confronted with unquestionable data,”
When one of the Anambra government’s top officials summoned the board’s attention to validate the applicant’s claim, the board said that the candidate was about to be honoured by the Anambra government.
Furthermore, it was revealed that Ms Ejikeme’s score was 249, not 362, as she had stated in order to fraudulently receive scholarships and other forms of accolades, prompting the board to verify the information.