The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, also known as JAMB, has announced that Ejikeme Joy Mmesome will be barred from taking the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for a period of three years due to allegations that her 2023 result was forged.
It claimed that the result that was being displayed by Miss Ejikeme was a forgery and explained that it had since discontinued providing Notification of Result Slips after the 2021 UTME for the sole reason that contestants were faking them. This was due to the fact that candidates were falsifying the results.
In a statement to this effect that was released on Tuesday morning, the board’s Head of Public Affairs and Protocol, Fabian Benjamin, reassured “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.”
The complete text of the announcement went as follows: “The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is hereby restating its earlier view that the UTME result being paraded by Ejikeme Joy Mmesoma is manifestly false.
“Consequently, the Board would like to reassure Nigerians that its system was neither tampered with nor compromised as the candidate simply forged a duplicate of a result slip of a candidate named “Asimiyu Mariam Omobolanle,” who sat for the UTME in 2021 and scored 138. “Consequently, the Board would like to reassure Nigerians that its system was neither tampered with nor compromised.”
“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. This is instructive because it shows that the candidate has accidentally revealed the rightful owner of the result she is parading.”
“To witness the unassailable position of the Board regarding this obvious falsehood, the general public is therefore urged to attempt to scan the QR code on the result slip to see its actual owner before it was mutilated.” To witness the unassailable position of the Board regarding this clear falsehood, the QR code may be found on the result slip.
“It is important to keep in mind that the QR code contains the candidate’s UTME result in its entirety; hence, the information that appears on the result sheet is nothing more than an interpretation of the data that is included on the QR code.
“In addition, the general public should be aware that the Board discontinued providing Notification of Result Slips after the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for the straightforward reason that candidates were forging them. As a direct result of this, the Board began handing out actual UTME Result Slips (as opposed to notifications of results) in the year 2022. These result slips include a photograph of each candidate.
“In a similar vein, the general public is urged to reflect on the fact that out of all of the candidates who participated in the 2023 UTME, only Ms. Ejikeme Mmesoma displays the antiquated ‘Notification of Result.'”
Due to the fact that this is not the first instance in which fraudulent claims have been made, the Board of Directors does not appear to be shaken by this regrettable turn of events. As a result of this, Nigerians are being advised to think back to the multiple times when the Board has been sued for billions of naira, only for the lawyers representing the plaintiffs to later express their deep regret for their clients’ actions.
The case of John Chinedu Ifesinachi, a candidate who in 2021 wrote a letter to the Board threatening to sue for N2 billion in damages, only for him and his counsel to tender an unreserved apology when the candidate eventually confessed his crime in the face of incontrovertible facts in an open investigation observed by several national public institutions, including the Public Complaints Commission, National Human Rights Commission, and Federal Competition Commission, is Prominent among these.
“As a result, the relevant security services have been given this case to investigate thoroughly in order to identify the con artists behind yet another dishonest scheme.
The Board does not have a problem with public inspection and is prepared for an open public session that will involve the agencies stated above as well as necessary security agencies. The candidate, the parent’s guardian, and her legal team will all be present during this session.
“Another frightening dimension to the unfolding drama is the unscrupulous interest of some nefarious elements, who, for all intents and purposes, are determined to goad the candidate on this unproductive path, as any casual observer would observe with the obviously stage-managed video aired by Ms. Ejikeme.” “Another frightening dimension to the unfolding drama is the unwholesome interest of some nefarious elements.” These so-called “confusionists” are being urged by the Board to reconsider their actions in view of the impending exposure of their nefarious plotting.
“Once more, the Board reaffirms its preparedness for meaningful inquiry in light of the fact that this case would not be the first instance of such antics and could not even be the last of them. At the end of the day, the truth would come out, and the Board’s position would be proven correct.
“In the meantime, the management of the Board invites members of the public to critically study the topic at hand and refrain from the circulation of fake news.
“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.” “In the meantime, the management of the Board”