An Anambra committee tasked with investigating the controversy surrounding Joy Mmesoma says the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidate admitted to faking her results.
In May, Mmesoma, a student of Anglican Girls Secondary School in Nnewi, Anambra state, gained popularity after she was purported to have scored 362 in the 2023 UTME.
Although JAMB did not announce her as the overall best candidate, Mmesoma was widely celebrated.
Innocent Chukwuma, the Innoson founder, as a result, awarded the candidate a scholarship worth N3 million.
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) would later declare that the student scored 249, not 362.
JAMB reaffirmed that she faked her results to mislead the public, so a panel was tasked with probing the matter.
A report on the Anambra-constituted panel’s investigation has now concluded that Mmesoma faked the results.
“The results paraded by Ejikeme Joy Mmesoma with an aggregate score of 362 are fake as buttressed by significant variations in the registration number, date of birth, centre name, and other infractions,” the panel wrote.
“Ejikeme Joy Mmesoma admitted that she manipulated the fake results herself, using herself using her phone.