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UTME controversy: I printed result from JAMB portal, it’s unfair banning me – Mmesoma insists

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Mmesoma Ejikeme, the candidate alleged by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has said that the three-year ban instituted against her by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is “not fair”.

According to the aspiring undergraduate, she obtained her result from the JAMB portal and see no reason why the board should ban her for three years.

Recall that following the alleged discovery that her result was fake, JAMB withdrew it and placed a ban on her for 3 years as a punishment to the alleged forgery.

But the 19-year-old claims her “results notification” slip for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination showing a score of 362 out of 400 was printed from the JAMB results portal, but the board argues she is parading a forged result on a template it discontinued in 2021.

JAMB had claimed her official score was 249.

Mmesoma, who appeared with her father Romanus on the Wednesday edition of Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, lamented why she should be punished over what she got from the exams body’s portal.

“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.

Appearing on the show on Tuesday, JAMB spokesman Fabian Benjamin revealed its records indicated the candidate had sent a series of messages to the board’s automated telecoms system, including the results showing an aggregate of 362.

But Mmesoma said the only SMS she sent to JAMB was through its support system: “That’s the only SMS I sent there.”

On whether she got any feedback, she said, “They didn’t reply. If they check their JAMB Support System, they would see that I sent a text message. They didn’t reply.”

On the claim that she used an Airtel line, Mmesoma replied: “Yes,” but she added it was “not through USSD code”.

“The one I checked through the USSD code is the one of 360 (sic) that I saw,” she explained further.

Responding to the claim that the feedback from JAMB showed her score as 249, she agreed.

“Yes,” she said. “After all said and done, I now saw that I got 249. I sent them a text message there to know what really happened — the JAMB Support System. If they go to their system, they will see it there.”

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