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Backlash: Innoson withdraws N3m scholarship to Ejikeme Mmesoma over fake UTME result 

*Cornel Osigwe, Head of Corporate Communications at Innoson Group, says following the Anambra State Government Committee of Inquiry’s latest findings, the company withdraws the scholarship earlier awarded to Ms. Mmesoma Joy Ejikeme in line with its ‘commitment to honesty, integrity, and merit-based recognition’

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

For the candidate’s deliberate manipulation of her 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), the Management of Innoson Vehicles Manufacturing (IVM) Limited, Anambra State, has withdrawn the N3 million scholarship earlier awarded to Ms. Mmesoma Joy Ejikeme.

Mr. Cornel Osigwe, Head of Corporate Communications at Innoson Group, disclosed this development in a statement issued Saturday, July 8, 2023, in Onitsha, Anambra State.

Photo collage of Ms. Mmesoma Joy Ejikeme and her fake UTME result 

The company’s Management noted, that in recent days, “we have been involved in the process of investigating allegations surrounding the 2023 UTME examination results of one of our scholarship recipients, Miss Mmesoma Ejikeme.

“It was reported initially that Miss Joy scored exceptionally high on the exam, a feat that led to her being awarded a scholarship by our company.”

Osigwe stated, “however, subsequent reports of discrepancies in her UTME score led us to seek clarification from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and to allow her to voice her stance, we engaged in direct dialogue with Miss Joy.

“Further to this, a Committee (of Inquiry) set up by Gov. Charles Soludo, carried out a thorough independent investigation into this matter.”

The IVM Spokesman further noted that the findings from the rigorous investigation have now confirmed that Miss Mmesoma did manipulate her UTME results.

The statement said: “This conclusion is deeply disappointing and stands in direct contravention of the values we hold dear at Innoson Vehicles, particularly those that underscore our scholarship programme.”

Mmesoma loses N3m scholarship

According to Innoson, “in line with these principles and response to the confirmed findings, we have made the difficult decision to withdraw the scholarship awarded to Miss Mmesoma Ejikeme.

“This action is a testament to our unyielding commitment to honesty, integrity, and merit-based recognition.”

The company also acknowledged that the development was regrettable, and it has undoubtedly caused dismay among those who stood by Miss Mmesoma.

Osigwe, therefore, assured  Nigerians, that Innoson Vehicles remains steadfast in its mission to support deserving students, invest in the future of the education sector, and upheld the highest ethical standards.

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