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I’ll plead with JAMB if Mmesoma comes clean on result – CBT owner

FORMER Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, has encouraged Mmesoma Ejikeme, a 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidate, to reveal the source of her result.

Chidoka, who also owns the Computer-Based Testing (CBT) Centre where Mmesoma took her exam, says he will ask the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for leniency if the candidate discloses the source of her results.

“For Nmesoma, she should come clean and explain how she got that result and who led her down that path. If she does that, I will lend my voice to beg JAMB to note her age and show more leniency,” the ex-minister said in a statement on Wednesday.

Mmesoma said she received a score of 362, however JAMB claims she received a score of 249.

Mmesoma said on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme today that she should not be blamed for the controversy. “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 said.

Since then, the House of Representatives has stated that the exam body acted in an unprofessional manner in a case involving a minor by withholding the candidate’s result and barring her from taking the exam for three years.

The House then formed an ad hoc committee to probe the allegations and requested that JAMB postpone action until the green chamber completed its investigation.

In his statement today Chidoka said that he observed two red flags when he saw the candidate’s result online.

“First, our center is no longer addressed as Thomas Chidoka Center for Human Development on the JAMB portal since 2021. The correct name on the JAMB portal and Main Examination Slip is Nkemefuna Foundation (Thomas Chidoka Center for Human Development)…Her (Nmesoma) result showing Thomas Chidoka without the Nkemefuna Foundation, which was on her Main Examination slip, raised my suspicion about the genuineness of the result.

“The second red flag was the result template. A cursory review of some of those who took the last examination at our center showed a different result slip template with the candidate’s passport picture, JAMB watermarks, and no mention of the name of the examination center.

“I gave the young Nmesoma the benefit of the doubt and waited to see if she would explain how she got the result, which is obviously not the result template that Jamb used in 2023. I knew it was fake,” the ex-minister stated, noting that his centre has been involved with the JAMB CBT examination since 2016.

He commended JAMB for coming out “forcefully” to defend its integrity, saying the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should act like JAMB and explain the “technical glitch” the commission suffered in the February 25, 2023 presidential election.

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