By Simeon OSAJIE
The Green Chamber of the National Assembly has urged the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMPB) to suspend any disciplinary action against the alleged forgery of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result by Ejikeme Mmesoma.
The resolution was reached today, Wednesday 5th July, 2023 following a motion moved by Awaji-Inombek Abiante on the floor of the House.
It would be recalled that Ejikeme Mmesoma, a student of Anglican Girls Secondary School in Nnewi, Anambra State and the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) have been having controversy over the scored of 362 by the Anglicdan Girls Secondary school student.
Mmesoma had claimed to have scored 362, however, the examination body disputed the claim, stating that she scored 249, and accused her of forgery.
According to Abiante, “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.”
Speaking on the motion, Idu Igaruwe, a member from Ebonyi State, faulted JAMB on how it handled the case, particularly the case of forgery.
“JAMB has alleged a very serious criminal offence of forgery. Forgery is a felony. And then JAMB at the same time is also investigating this allegation of forgery when there is supposed to be a presumption of innocence. Something is definitely wrong with that process,” he said.
Following the debate on the motion, the House resolved that JAMB should suspend taking any action until investigation is concluded.
The House also resolved to set up an ad hoc committee to investigate the matter.