Mmesoma’s Father Claims Daughter Concealed UTME Forgery Confession
In a recent development, Romanus Ejikeme, the father of Mmesoma Ejikeme, an embattled student from Anambra, has come forward to reveal that his daughter did not confess her involvement in the forgery of her 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result to him in a timely manner. In light of this revelation, Romanus is pleading with the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and the Nigerian public at large to forgive his daughter for her actions.According to a report by The PUNCH, JAMB accused Mmesoma of manually inflating her UTME result from 249 to 362. As a consequence, she had secured a scholarship from Innoson, but following the revelation, the scholarship has been withdrawn. Despite the repeated pleas made by the Board, Mmesoma maintains her innocence, claiming that she printed her result directly from the JAMB website.In response to the controversy, JAMB has imposed a three-year ban on Mmesoma, prompting the House of Representatives to call for a reconsideration of this decision. Meanwhile, during an interview with the Nigeria Television Authority, Mr. Ejikeme expressed his disappointment, stating, “My daughter didn’t confess to me in a timely manner. When I discovered her mistake, I was extremely disappointed. However, I am sincerely apologizing to JAMB and the Nigerian public, seeking their forgiveness on her behalf.”The unfolding events have led to a shift in public opinion, with many Nigerians who had initially shown support for Mmesoma now withdrawing their backing. Furthermore, some individuals have begun offering heartfelt apologies to the Board in light of Mmesoma’s confession.In an attempt to find a resolution, former Minister of Education Oby Ezekwesili has proposed that Mmesoma be sent for counseling, suggesting former minister Osita Chidoka’s center as a suitable venue. Ezekwesili appeals for leniency for the embattled candidate, hoping that a fair solution can be reached.