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Forgery: JAMB bans UTME candidate Mmesoma for 3 years, explains her result ‘patently fake’

Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar of JAMB

*Nigeria’s Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board Tuesday, July 4 restates 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination candidate Ejikeme Joy Mmesoma’s result is ‘patently fake’, as she ‘simply falsified a copy of a result slip of a candidate named “Asimiyu Mariam Omobolanle”, who sat the UTME in 2021 and scored 138’

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As a mark of integrity of its examinations and current leadership of the exams body, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has insisted that 2023 UTME candidate Ejikeme Joy Mmesoma’s result showing a score of 362 is “patently fake”

JAMB made the declaration Tuesday, July 4, 2023, amid the ongoing controversy trailing the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result of Miss Mmesoma.

Mmesoma’s 2023 ‘Results Notification’

The examination body, Sunday, July 2 accused Ejikeme of forging her 2023 UTME.

However, the young Nigerian examination candidate has denied JAMB’s claim about the genuineness of her result.

But the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in a statement issued Tuesday, said it is “restating its earlier position that the UTME result being paraded by Ejikeme Joy Mmesoma is patently fake.”

Withdrawal of result, candidate’s ban for 3 years

Dr. Fabian Benjamin, Acting Director of PAP at JAMB, in a statement Tuesday, said the exam body had withdrawn Ejikeme’s result, and consequently barred her from writing the examination for the next three years.

JAMB stated: “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the weighty infraction committed by Ms Ejikeme Joy Mmesoma, and in line with its established procedures, has withdrawn her 2023 UTME result and also barred her from sitting the Board’s examination for the next three years.”

The power of modern technology

The Spokesman of the examination body also 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.

“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.”

JAMB further urged Nigerians to endeavour to scan the QR code on the candidate’s result slip to find out the authenticity of its actual owner before it was mutilated.

In explaining the role of modern technology in detecting the “patently fake” result of the candidate, JAMB explained: “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.”

JAMB stopped issuing ‘Notification of Result Slips’ since 2021 –Spokesman

Affirming the body’s consistent position that Ejikeme’s result is outright fake, JAMB as well reminded Nigerians, that the Board actually stopped issuing “Notification of Result  slips” after the 2021 UTME for the simple reason that some candidates were falsifying them.

JAMB said since then, the examination body has been issuing actual “UTME RESULT Slips” (not notification of results) since 2022, complete with the photograph of each candidate, and not what the candidate’s result bears.

“Similarly, the public is also invited to ponder on the fact that out of all the candidates that sat the 2023 UTME, only Ms. Ejikeme Mmesoma parades the obsolete ‘Notification of Result’

“The Board remains unperturbed by this unfortunate development as this is not the first time such fraudulent claims have been made,” Dr. Benjamin.

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