The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has revealed that the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination result of an Enugu State-born Ejikeme Mmesoma was allegedly manipulated to gain undue advantage.
Mmesoma, who claimed to have scored 362 in the 2023 UTME, was recently awarded a N3m scholarship by an Anambra based auto maker, Innocent Chukwuma, who is the chairman of Innoson Vehicles Manufacturing company.
LEADERSHIP gathered that the young girl hails from Enugu State while she schooled and sat for the 2023 UTME in Anambra State.
However, JAMB, in a statement signed by its Head of Public Affairs and Protocol, Dr Fabian Benjamin, on Sunday, said some of the 2023 UTME candidates were parading fake scores in order to get undue advantage from the public.
It also listed the case of one Atung Gerald in Kaduna State that allegedly claimed to have scored 380.
JAMB, therefore, advised the public not to fall victim to the antics of the candidates.
The statement reads iparts; “The attention of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board(JAMB) has been drawn to several publications in both print and online media celebrating certain candidates for being high scorers in the 2023 UTME.
“The Board is constrained to set the records straight and wishes to state unequivocally that many of the results which many of these candidates are parading are fake. In many instances, some of these candidates had actually obtained far lower scores than they are claiming and had used some funny software packages to manipulate their results to deceive unsuspecting members of the public.
“The most pathetic of them all is the case of Miss Ejikeme Joy Mmesoma, who claimed to have scored 362 in the 2023 UTME and was awarded a N3m scholarship by Chief (Dr.) Innocent Chukwuma.
“She was even set to be honoured by the Anambra State Government when one of its top officials put a call through to JAMB to confirm her claim only for the Board to reveal that Miss Ejikeme Joy Mmesoma had actually scored 249 and not 362 she claimed. She had manipulated her UTME result to deceive the public to fraudulently obtain scholarship and other recognitions,” it added
The Board further stated that the likes of Mmesoma are still out there deceiving those who are always in a hurry to bestow honours on candidates without confirming from the Board.