Mmesoma Ejikeme, a pupil from Anambra State, faced a House of Representatives ad hoc committee in Abuja after being caught for forging her Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result. The teenager confessed to manipulating her score, falsely claiming to be the top scorer with a score of 362, whereas her original score was 249. She expressed remorse and offered an apology to the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for her wrongdoing.
Prior to admitting her actions, Mmesoma engaged in a back-and-forth with JAMB, with the exam body initially imposing a three-year ban on her in response to the accusations. However, the House of Representatives intervened, calling for a hold on the sanction.
Eventually, during the investigation by the Commission of Inquiry established by the Anambra State Government, Mmesoma admitted to forging her result. Subsequently, she appeared before the House of Representatives’ ad hoc committee tasked with investigating the matter.
During the hearing, the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, also attended along with other high-ranking officials from the examination body. Mmesoma pleaded for leniency, asking JAMB to reconsider and lift the three-year ban.
She said, “I feel a debt of pain for letting you down.
“I have already admitted that what I did was wrong. Based on that, I hereby present to you all, my letter of apology.
“I humbly seek your forgiveness for the mistakes I have made and the pain I have caused.
“I deeply and sincerely agree that I ignorantly got my JAMB result from another portal that was not a JAMB portal.
“I apologize for all the apportioned blame and all the pain I have caused.”
She said ignorance played a “significant role” in the process of obtaining the fake result.
But in his submission, the JAMB Registrar insisted that Mmesoma deliberately conspired with other actors to forge her result.
He added that JAMB had shut down over eight UTME centers that had been found wanting for infractions relating to results manipulation.