Student Admits to Scoring 249 as JAMB Maintains Accusations

Ejikeme Mmesoma, the student at the center of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result forgery controversy, has finally confessed to scoring 249 in the examination. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), through its spokesman Dr. Fabian Benjamin, had accused Mmesoma of forging her result. However, she had vehemently maintained that she scored 362 out of the total mark of 400.

Dr. Benjamin revealed that JAMB’s records indicated that Mmesoma had sent multiple messages to the board’s automated telecoms system, including results that showed an aggregate score of 362. This discrepancy led to the subsequent ban imposed by JAMB, which triggered a range of mixed reactions.

Appearing alongside her father on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily program on Wednesday, Mmesoma attempted to distance herself from the controversy and argued that she should not be blamed for the situation.

“It’s not my fault that I printed my result like that and they said that I forged my result. It’s not my fault. So, them banning it is not fair,” she asserted.

Mmesoma further explained that she had sent an SMS to JAMB through its support system but received no response. She maintained that she had only sent one text message seeking clarification on the matter and expressed disappointment that it went unanswered.

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“After all said and done, I now saw that I got 249. I sent them a text message there to know what really happened—the JAMB Support System. If they go to their system, they will see it there,” she added.

Dr. Benjamin had previously dismissed the result being flaunted by Mmesoma as obsolete, stating that she had falsified a copy of another candidate’s result slip. According to JAMB’s findings, the result slip belonged to a candidate named ‘Asimiyu Mariam Omobolanle,’ who had actually scored 138 in the UTME conducted in 2021.

Responding to a video released by Mmesoma in an attempt to defend herself, Dr. Benjamin highlighted that her demeanor suggested coaching. He insinuated that someone was guiding her on what to say in the video, calling for a closer examination of its contents.

The UTME result forgery saga continues to spark intense debate and reactions from various quarters. As the controversy unfolds, it remains to be seen how further developments will shape the outcome of this case and its implications for future examinations and result verification procedures.





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