The House of Representatives has confirmed that it will investigate the alleged forgery of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result by Ejikeme Mmesoma.
This decision was taken during the plenary session on Wednesday.
Since the release of the 2023 UTME results, Mmesoma, a student of Anglican Girls Secondary School in Nnewi, has been attracting accolades from many Nigerians for allegedly being “the top scorer”.
However, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), alleged that she manipulated her result to “deceive the public to fraudulently obtain a scholarship and other recognitions”.
In a statement on Sunday, the exam body said the student “actually got 249 in the exam and not 362”.
However, Mmesoma, dismissed the forgery allegation against her, insisting she printed her result from the board’s portal.
Leading the debate on motion on Wednesday, Abiante said JAMB is ascribing to itself, the powers to accuse, investigate and punish without giving the opportunity of fair a hearing.
“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.
The lawmaker said it is the duty of the parliament to “protect those who cannot protect themselves, especially so that this person in question is a minor”.
Contributing to the motion, Sada Soli from Katsina, said the app the student printed her result from was previously utilised by JAMB some years back but the examination body stopped using it when “they realised that a similar of it was cloned”.
“This girl was manipulated by some individuals in order to take advantage of her talents to cash on the privileges that come with the highest score,” Soli said.