The father of Mmesoma, a 19-year-old student at the centre of a Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) forgery controversy, Romanus Ejikeme has apologised to the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
19-year old Mmesoma Ejikeme, a student of Anglican Girls Secondary School in Nnewi, Anambra state, had declared herself the top scorer of the 2023, claiming to have scored 362.
Her claim made Innoson Vehicles to offer her a 3 million scholarship, while the Anambra State Government was set to honour her.
An enquiry by a state official from Anambra State led to JAMB disproving her 362 claim.
JAMB in a press statement said Mmesoma manipulated her result to “deceive the public to fraudulently obtain a scholarship and other recognitions”.
JAMB further revealed she scored 249 and not 362.
Mmesoma did a video insisting on her claim of 362.
JAMB in another statement withdrew her 249 score result and banned her for 3 years.
Her father, Romanus Ejikeme in his reaction alleged that JAMB gave her “result to another person and they are still intimidating her”.
The government of Anambra State set up a panel of inquiry to look into the controversy with the panel in its findings, indicting the 19-year old.
The panel in its report noted that she manipulated her score.
Her father, Romanus Ejikeme while reacting to the new development in interview with the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, said his daughter did not open up to him on time.
Mr Ejikeme also apologised to the examination body.
“My daughter didn’t open up to me on time. She didn’t,” he said.
“When I realised the mistake she did, I blamed her a lot that she was not supposed to do such.
“Everyday, I tell her don’t dent your image because you are a star.
“As a father, I’m still apologising to JAMB and Nigerians to pardon her.
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