Chinedu Ifesinachi John, an Enugu State indigene and candidate for the 2021 JAMB Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), claimed he scored 380 while JAMB gave him 265.
JAMB officials who denied the claim after several inquiries in which 265 kept appearing as his score against the 380 he claimed he scored invited the police to investigate the allegation. They decided to withhold the result until the investigation was concluded.
The FCT police command began probe into the alleged “alteration” of the UTME score. Chinedu’s father, John Ifenkpam approached an Enugu-based lawyer, Ikeazor Akaiwe, who wrote to JAMB for another opportunity for the boy to retake the examination and demanded N1 billion as damages.
The lawyer said the N1 billion was to cover physical and emotional trauma the boy had suffered from being offered “two separate scores from 2019 – 2021.”
John claimed that his UTME scores from 2019 till 2021 had been “altered” by the board, thereby denying him the opportunity to study his desired course – medicine.
John in the company of his father and lawyers on Friday, September 3 traveled down to Abuja from Enugu state following an invitation from the JAMB management led by the Registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede.
In a closed session with his John, his father and lawyers, he was given some minutes to “come clean” about the results he was parading but insisted that his original score from the examination was 380.
At the Friday meeting, documentary evidence presented by the board showed that John actually scored 265, not the 380 he had claimed. Oloyede accused the candidate of result tempering, adding that he will be handed over to the police for investigation and subsequently prosecuted.
Oloyede alleged that John was among 11 eleven other candidates who allegedly forged their results that the board would prosecute. According to him, the original result issued to John would be withdrawn pending the end of the investigation.
He also disclosed that a team of security agents would visit Enugu state to arrest members of a tutorial group the boy allegedly confessed to belonging to.
John’s lawyer, Ikeazor, appealed to the board to give room for further investigation.
“I will not stand against investigation. Let there be investigation but what I will not agree to is to prejudge him.”