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Miss Ejikeme Mmesoma, a young student aged 19 and hailing from Anambra State, has mustered the courage to write a letter to the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), humbly requesting leniency for her actions in manipulating the 2023 UTME results.
On Wednesday, Mmesoma presented her letter of apology directly to the House of Representatives ad-hoc committee investigating the alleged Manipulation of Unified Tertiary and Matriculation Examination (UTME) results in Abuja, making a sincere effort to express her regrets.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) revealed that Mmesoma’s statement of achieving 362 marks in the 2023 UTME on the JAMB portal was found to be untrue, with her actual score being 249.
Mmesoma said she conceded to doing a wrong thing, adding that, it was her basis for the presentation of the Apology Letter, titled ‘Letter of Profound Apology’.
According to her, ‘I humbly seek your forgiveness for the mistake I made, I sincerely agree that I got the JAMB result from another portal in the course of this, I lambasted JAMB, I apologise.’
She said, ‘Ignorance played a significant role in my action, words cannot describe the depth of pain in my heart. This is the first time I will be doing this, I have never engaged in falsification or any misdemeanour’.
Mmesoma openly admitted that manipulating results and casting innuendoes on public institutions were not reflective of her true self. She earnestly sought forgiveness and expressed genuine repentance for her actions.
Mmesoma openly expressed her willingness to comply with the ad-hoc committee’s recommendation, taking full responsibility for her actions. She displayed a strong resolve to correct her mistake and work towards personal growth and improvement.
In her words, ‘I want you to tamper justice with mercy.’
Prof Ishaq Oloyede, JAMB’s Registrar, provided evidence of Mmesoma’s result manipulation and noted the involvement of the examination centre in this misconduct. In response to their involvement in fraudulent activities, the centre has been subjected to a ban.
Regarding Mmesoma’s case, Prof Ishaq Oloyede acknowledged that eight centres in Anambra State are currently under investigation. He vehemently refuted any suggestions of loopholes in JAMB’s system, stating its high level of security.
Prof Ishaq Oloyede urged the public to exercise caution and refrain from making groundless allegations. He called on them to have confidence in public institutions and commended JAMB for its exemplary processes and procedures.
He also announced that JAMB has adopted cutting-edge innovations to reduce human involvement in its operational processes. This forward-thinking approach aims to instil greater confidence and trust among the public.
He said, ‘Mmesoma’s case was an amateur, there was one falsification by a candidate that I almost went mad.’
Rep. Sanda Soli, the Chairman of the Committee, took the opportunity to counsel Mmesoma, cautioning her to correct her behaviour and refrain from engaging in such misconduct in the future.