The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Is-haq Oloyede, has addressed the issue of a candidate named Mmesoma Ejikeme who the board claims to have obtained a fake JAMB result.
In an interview with Premium Times, Mr Oloyede stated that if JAMB were to reveal what it knows about the forgery cases, it would shock people.
The controversy arose when Miss Mmesoma, in a viral video, insisted that her claimed score of 362 was printed from JAMB’s official website. However, Mr Oloyede explained that JAMB’s investigation uncovered evidence suggesting that she was either deceived or part of a larger syndicate involved in producing counterfeit UTME results.
Following the release of the 2023 UTME results, several candidates, including Miss Mmesoma, have been making claims of achieving the highest scores in the examination. Miss Mmesoma, a female student from Enugu State residing in Nnewi, Anambra State, and attending Anglican Girls Secondary School (AGSS) Nnewi, stated that she scored 362.
However, JAMB’s Registrar, Mr Oloyede, has refuted her claims and raised suspicions about the authenticity of her reported score, suggesting the involvement of fraudulent activities in manufacturing fake UTME results.
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Oloyede explained “We had announced the highest scorer for the year 2023 which incidentally happens to come from Anambra state and when we got the information that somebody is laying claim of 362, we went into our system….and we discovered that there was nobody with a score of 362.
“The Commissioner of Education from Anambra actually called and I asked her to send the result to me. For every result that is printed from our system, it comes out with QR code”
“The first thing I did was scan the QR code. So when I scanned the QR code on her result, I discovered that the QR code belongs to a candidate who sat the examination in 2021 and that candidate scored 138, and I became curious.
“So, I went into the system with the registration number because she put the scores she obtained. I checked in the system and discovered that she scored 249 and not 362.”
The JAMB boss also noted that she might have used graphic design to manipulate the scores.
He continued, “Her 249 result is withdrawn and she will be banned from taking this examination in the next three years. For somebody to come out and say I scored 300, that is your business, but by the time you begin to show the script, carrying our logo and everything, it is at that point we need to rise up. So even if we have social media and have access to these things, we don’t rush, we do our investigation and know how it happened.
“If I tell you the level of investigation that we have conducted, we have the 55019, our USSD code. We use that 55019 to communicate with candidates during registration, examination and release of results.
“Immediately this result was released, she checked her result, instead of sending “RESULT TO 55019, she sent a message “Post UTME to 55019 but the machine now sent her results because the phone number she is using is a unique identifier, so it sent her result which was 249.
“She now doctored that result – because that one is a text message so it’s very easy to doctor. So she doctored the results, put the marks the way she wanted and sent them back to 55019 so the code also returned her original results again. So if you look at the communication, anybody can investigate. All you need to do is to pick up her Airtel phone number and ask the company to give you the information on it. At each point she kept sending the message and it kept returning her results of 249, almost four times.
“So, she went outside the database to obtain that slip, but unfortunately, for her sponsors or her managers they didn’t know that there are security devices attached to each slip that is printed and the QR code is one of them. There are about seventeen of them. Unfortunately for her again, for 2023 we didn’t use the design she is holding. What she is holding is different from what we are using for 2023,” he explained.
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