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FACT-CHECK: How Mmesoma Ejikeme’s Fake JAMB UTME Result Came About

Mmesoma Ejikeme, a 19-year-old student, has come under fire for allegedly parading a fake Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result.

Ejikeme was initially celebrated for scoring 362 in the 2023 examination, a result that would make her the highest scorer, but the board has come out to say the result she parades is false.

One key argument JAMB made was that the slip Ejikeme paraded was last used in 2021, and the QR code attached reveals a result belonging to one Asimiyu Mariam Omobolanle with a 138 score.
Ejikeme, in a video released on Monday, maintained her innocence, but the debate has raged on. JAMB said her result might have been the work of forgers who pull off pranks to show friends, so FIJ looked into this claim.


FIJ checked Google Playstore for applications that could help one manipulate UTME results and found one called ‘JambFun-Fake Jamb Result Maker’.
This app helps users create fake UTME results to “fool your friends!”

We downloaded this app and opened it to reveal a mock ‘JAMB 2022 UTME Results Notification’ slip.

We observed that this slip matched the one paraded by Ejikeme. It is the same slip JAMB discontinued in 2021.

What we did afterward was fill out the form with sample details to see if it would produce a result similar to the one paraded by Ejikeme. Our finding was staggering.

This result confirmed that one could get a result identical to the one Ejikeme paraded, but did not confirm it was the same app she used to obtain hers.

With the result, we forged via the app, FIJ, a candidate in an exam it did not sit for, scored 400 in UTME.
We then went further to scan the QR code, and what we found was more revealing.

The result of our scan showed “11231597AC:: Asimiyu Mariam Omobolanle:: 138”, the same result we obtained when we scanned Ejikeme’s paraded result.

FIJ took notice of a tweet published by one Chijioke Chimeziri on Monday. Reacting to a video published by Ejikeme, in which she revealed that her QR code showed another candidate’s name, Chimeziri had attached another result allegedly belonging to Ejikeme, but with a different QR code claiming she scored 362.

We observed that the QR code on this result appeared superimposed on the result, as the code was on a bright shade of white, while the result was on a shade of green. It was doctored.

More claims arose by members of the public claiming people had suffered the same fate at the hands of JAMB in the past.

One Atung Gerald, a native of Kaura, Kaduna State, allegedly scored 380 in the UTME exam, but when we scanned the QR code attached to his peddled result, it read the same “11231597AC:: Asimiyu Mariam Omobolanle:: 138”. All these point to one thing: the results came from one source with a unique code that returns “11231597AC:: Asimiyu Mariam Omobolanle:: 138”. And the source? ‘JambFun-Fake Jamb Result Maker’.

FIJ went further to obtain two original results from applicants who wrote the 2023 UTME exam. When we scanned their results, however, they returned a code that led nowhere. This simply means that codes attached to the original 2023 UTME results can’t return scores via the common QR Code – Barcode Scanner.

As of press time, Ejikeme had not changed her stance. JAMB maintains a fraud was perpetrated, but it remains to be seen how the events unfold.

Source: FIJ

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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