Mmesoma Ejikeme, the candidate at the centre of a UTME results faking allegation, has expressed her displeasure with the three-year suspension imposed on her by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), claiming that it is “not fair.”
The 19-year-old claims she printed her “results notification” slip for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination from the JAMB results portal, which revealed a score of 362 out of 400. JAMB, on the other hand, claims she is presenting a falsified result on a 2021 template, with her official score being 249.
On Tuesday, JAMB maintained that her result is “patently fake,” leading to the withdrawal of her result and a subsequent ban from writing the examination for the next three years.
Appearing on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily alongside her father Romanus, Mmesoma expressed her belief that she should not be held responsible for the controversy surrounding her results.
“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 stated.
During the show, JAMB spokesperson Fabian Benjamin revealed that their records showed the candidate had sent a series of messages to the board’s automated telecoms system, including results indicating an aggregate of 362.
In response, Mmesoma stated that the only SMS she sent to JAMB was through its support system, saying, “That’s the only SMS I sent there.”
When asked if she received any feedback, she mentioned that they did not reply. She suggested that if they checked the JAMB Support System, they would see the text message she sent, to which she did not receive a response.
Regarding the claim that she used an Airtel line, Mmesoma confirmed it but clarified that it was not through a USSD code.
“The one I checked through the USSD code is the one of 360 (sic) that I saw,” she further explained.
In response to the assertion that the feedback from JAMB indicated her score as 249, she agreed, stating, “Yes, 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.”