‘We Shouldn’t Destroy Her’ – Nigerian Reveals What Should Be Done To Mmesoma Over UTME Fraud
Former Minister of State of Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has broken his silence over the fake Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result paraded by Mmesoma Ejikeme, which earned her N3 million scholarship.
Naija News House reports that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) had said Mmesoma, who claimed to be the highest scorer in the 2023 UTME, manipulated her result.
The exam body also withdrawn her actual result and slammed a three-year ban on the Anambra-born candidate.
A panel set up by the Anambra State Government also corroborated the JAMB’s position that Mmesoma result was actually manipulated.
Reacting to the development in a tweet on his verified Twitter handle, Keyamo called on Mmesoma parents to encourage her to apologise to JAMB after which she would be forgiven with her actual score restored.
He said : “I deliberately waited for the end of this investigation before commenting on this unfortunate case of our daughter, Mmesoma Ejikeme.
She’s a brilliant girl, judging by her actual score of 249. The nation should be careful not to destroy her. What she needs is counselling, correction and guidance. She obviously did not know the weight and gravity of what she was doing. As teenagers, most of us made juvenile mistakes that never came to light.
The parents should encourage her to do a public apology to JAMB, to her family and to Nigerians after which she should be allowed to get her admission based on her actual scores. Anyone still pushing other narratives over this issue is not helping her and her family.
It is time to close this very unfortunate chapter and move on. This is my plea.”