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The House of Representatives will investigate the alleged forgery of the unified tertiary matriculation examination (UTME) result by Ejikeme Mmesoma.
The House in a resolution today told the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Boards to suspend further punitive action on the matter pending the outcome of its investigation.
The resolution was reached on Wednesday following a motion moved by Awaji-Inombek Abiante on the floor of the House.
Mmesoma, a student of Anglican Girls Secondary School in Nnewi, Anambra State and the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) have been at loggerheads over the candidates result she claimed she obtained from JAMB portal.
In the result she obtained, she claimed she scored 362, however, the examination body disputed the claim, stating that she scored 249, and accused her of forgery.
“The person in question does not have the opportunity to sit here with us to be heard. She may not also have the opportunity to convoke press conferences like JAMB is trying to do,” Abiante said in his lead debate.
Idu Igaruwe, a member from Ebonyi State, faulted JAMB on how it handled the case, particularly the case of forgery.
“JAMB has alleged a very serious criminal offence of forgery. Forgery is a felony. And then JAMB at the same time is also investigating this allegation of forgery when there is supposed to be a presumption of innocence. Something is definitely wrong with that process,” he said.
The House concluded that JAMB should suspend taking any action until investigation is concluded.
It said it will set up an ad hoc committee to investigate the matter.