By Bukar Bolori
A civil society group Network for the Actualisation of Social Growth and Viable Development (NEFGAD) has called for the immediate suspension of the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede to allow for a seamless forensic investigation of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination(UTME) of Ejikeme Mmesoma.
Coordinator of the group, Mr Akingunola Omoniyi, in a press statement on Tuesday, described the controversy surrounding the 2023 UTME result of Mmesoma as a national embarrassment and called on relevant authorities to immediately suspend the registrar to allow for a thorough forensic analysis of the 2023 UTME results.
The group said the development has put a question mark on the integrity of the examination and that of JAMB, stressing that the development shows that the UTME has been compromised.
The statement read: “Mmesoma has spoken out on the claim of JAMB that she forged her own results and raised posers for JAMB. The girl could not have perpetrated the crime JAMB alleged and everything seems to suggest that the JAMB system has been heavily compromised.
Adding that: “It is a national embarrassment and we’re calling on the authorities to ask the JAMB Registrar to step aside and allow a forensic investigation of the 2023 UTME results to find out the truth about what happened.”
The group also asked that after the forensic examination, if JAMB is found wanting, the Registrar should be removed from office, while urging that: “If the candidate was the one that truly cheated, she should face disciplinary actions to deter others and if it is JAMB that was negligent and allowed its system to be compromised, the Registrar should be sacked.”