Chief Johnmary Maduakolam, a legal practitioner has demanded that the JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede should tender an apology to Ms Mmesoma Ejikeme and retract all malicious publications that she altered her UTME result.
Chief Maduakolam in a press statement made available to newsmen, accused JAMB of defaming Ms Ejikeme and exposing her to public opprobrium as against the Child’s Right Act.
It reads “I am Chief Johnmary Akachukwu Maduakolam, a legal practitioner and the President of Johnmary Akachukwu Maduakolam Initiative for Education (JAMIE), which is a pet project with special interest in education and holistic development of the young person.
“I am shocked to read from the media a circular issued by one Mr Fabian Benjamin on behalf of JAMB, accusing one Ms Mmesoma Ejikeme, a minor and a student of Anglican Girls Secondary School Nnewi, Anambra State of faking JAMB scores to curry favour from unsuspecting philanthropists.
“By that publication, JAMB, under your watch, defamed the poor girl, exposed her to public opprobrium and most especially failed to discharge its duty to the girl child under the Child’s Right Act.
He added that, if even Ms. Ejikeme forged her results as claimed by Jamb, the law affords her some protection as a child in circumstance.
The legal practitioner, however noted that, if the body refuses to take down its malicious publication against the child, he will charge them to court.
“Paradoxically, information available in the media strongly suggest that JAMB, and not the poor girl, is culpable of dishing out fake results but even if the girl forged her results, the law affords her some protection as a child in the circumstance.
“Sequel to the above, I hereby request your good self, on her behalf, to retract forthwith the malicious publication made against the child, tender an unreserved apology to her and take steps to ensure that the trauma your conduct caused is cushioned immediately.
“Kindly note if you fail, neglect or refuse to harken to my demands for the welfare of the child, I shall drag you to a court and you shall bear its cost”, Maduakolam said.
Recalled that, JAMB in a statement on July 2, 2023, said Ms Ejikeme manually inflated her UTME result from 249 to 362 and used her manually increased score to attract a N3m scholarship from Innoson Motors and was set to be awarded by the Anambra state government before she was exposed.