The FCT police command has launched an investigation into the allegations made by Chinedu Ifesinachi John, a 19-year-old applicant for the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), that the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) tampered with his initial score of 380.
John claimed to have received a 380 on the June exam, but was astonished to receive a 265 from the board after the results were released. Despite repeated inquiry, his score remained at 265 instead of the 380 he stated.
Following the alleged “alteration” of his UTME result, his father, John Ifenkpam, contacted Ikeazor Akaiwe, an Enugu-based lawyer, who wrote to JAMB requesting another chance for the kid to repeat the exam and demanding N1 billion in damages.
The N1 billion was to recompense the boy’s bodily and emotional anguish as a result of being offered “two separate scores from 2019 to 2021,” according to his lawyer. John said that the board had “altered” his UTME scores from 2019 to 2021, denying him the opportunity to pursue medicine, which he sought.
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Following an invitation from the board’s administration, led by the Registrar of JAMB, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, John came down to Abuja with his father and attorneys on Friday, September 3rd. He was granted a few minutes in a secret conference with his father and lawyers to “come clean” about the results he was displaying, but argued that his initial exam score was 380.
The board presented documentation proof at the meeting that revealed John’s true score was 265, not the 380 he claimed. Oloyede accused the candidate of tampering with the results, saying he will be turned over to the police for an inquiry and then prosecuted.
The Registrar stated that John was one of eleven candidates who allegedly faked their results and would be prosecuted by the board. He stated that the original finding given to John would be withdrawn until the investigation was completed.
He also stated that a team of security officers will travel to Enugu to apprehend members of a tutoring group to which the youngster had confessed.
Ikeazor pleaded with the board to allow for more investigation time.