Mmesoma Ejikeme, the embattled Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, candidate, has pleaded with the board not to blame her for the mixup she has in her result while admitting to scoring 249 instead of 362.
The 19-year-old Anambra student was featured on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday where she said: “After all said and done, I now saw that I got 249.
“I sent them a text message there to know what really happened — the JAMB Support System. If they go to their system, they will see it there.”
Mmesoma also faulted JAMB’s three-year ban on her, stressing that it was not her fault.
“It’s not my fault that I printed my result like that, and they said that I forged my result. It’s not my fault. So, them banning it is not fair,” she said.
Recall that the 19-year-old had claimed to have earned JAMB’s highest score after her UTME result slip showed 362.
However, the board also insisted that the Anambra pupil forged her result adding that the board concluded high-level investigations before coming to the conclusion.
The spokesperson of JAMB, Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this in a statement released on Tuesday.
He said, “In the meantime, the management of the Board, after considering the weighty infraction committed by Ms. Ejikeme Joy Mmesoma, and in line with its established procedures, has withdrawn her 2023 UTME result and also barred her from sitting the Board’s examination for the next three years.”
Benjamin again reiterated the board’s earlier position that the UTME result being paraded by Ejikeme Joy Mmesoma was fake saying the candidates’ account was an attempt to re-write the truth.
“Consequently, the Board would like to reassure Nigerians that its system was neither tampered with nor compromised as the candidate simply falsified a copy of a result slip of a candidate named “Asimiyu Mariam Omobolanle”, who sat the UTME in 2021 and scored 138. It is also instructive to note that the candidate, in her statement, has inadvertently revealed the rightful owner of the result she is parading when she pointed out that the QR code on the result slip showed the actual owner of the said result before she peddled a lie in an attempt to obfuscate the truth.
“To witness the unassailable position of the Board regarding this obvious falsehood, the general public is, therefore, urged to endeavour to scan the QR code on the result slip to see its actual owner before it was mutilated. It is to be noted that the QR code encapsulates the UTME result of each candidate, hence, what is on the result sheet is nothing other than the interpretation of the information on this QR code.
“Furthermore, the public is also to note that the Board stopped issuing Notification of Result slips after the 2021 UTME for the simple reason that candidates were falsifying them. Consequently, the Board has been issuing actual UTME RESULT Slips (not notification of results ) since 2022 complete with the photograph of each candidate,” he said.