JAMB vindicated by Anambra State Government’s report on Mmesoma’s UTME result, says spokesperson
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has been vindicated by the report of the Commission of Inquiry set up by the Anambra State Government to investigate the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result of Mmesoma Ejikeme. Dr Fabian Benjamin, JAMB’s acting Director of Public Affairs and Protocol, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday. The report stated that all available data confirmed that Mmesoma is 19 years old, contrary to her initial claim of being 16. Benjamin emphasized that the report further solidifies JAMB’s position that its system cannot be compromised and that the board remains committed to conducting credible and fair assessments.
JAMB had accused Mmesoma of inflating her UTME result from 249 to 362. Despite the ban imposed on her and calls for reconsideration by the House of Representatives, Mmesoma maintained that her result was genuine and printed from JAMB’s website. However, she later admitted to forging the UTME result during the panel’s investigation.
Mmesoma’s father, Romanus Ejikeme, expressed regret over his daughter’s actions and appealed for forgiveness from JAMB and Nigerians. Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company also withdrew the scholarship it had awarded to Mmesoma after the inquiry confirmed her forgery.
Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, commended the investigative panel’s process and findings, supporting the sanctions imposed by JAMB. She recommended counseling for Mmesoma to reflect on the incident and embrace values that discourage dishonest gain.
Lawyer Johnmary Maduakolam, who threatened to sue JAMB, claimed that the board failed to follow due process and blamed politicians for teaching Mmesoma the act of forgery. However, he acknowledged that he lacked standing to proceed with the lawsuit since Mmesoma had been confirmed as an adult.