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Innoson Group investigates UTME result manipulation allegation, scholarship fate uncertain


Innoson Group investigates UTME result manipulation allegation, scholarship fate uncertain

The management of Innoson Automobile Company has stated that the N3 million scholarship awarded to Miss Mmesoma Ejikeme will stand if she is found innocent of the allegation made by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) regarding result manipulation.

“It is strange to us because we did our independent verification and found out that Mmesoma Ejikeme actually scored 362 when we printed her result,” said Mr. Cornel Osigwe, the Head of Corporate Communications at Innoson Group, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Onitsha.

“We also waited to see if there was going to be a counter claim, but since there was no counter claim, we awarded her the scholarship as the highest scorer,” Osigwe explained.

However, on Sunday, JAMB claimed that Ejikeme manipulated her result. In response, Innoson initiated its own investigation to determine whether the allegation was true. “If we find out that the girl actually manipulated her result for obvious reasons, we will withdraw the scholarship,” Osigwe stated.

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He further clarified that if their investigation reveals that Ejikeme is innocent and the mistake was from JAMB, the scholarship will still be honoured.

“But if we find out that the mistake was actually from JAMB; that they were the ones that awarded her the score, or probably did a review and found out that her actual score was 249, then our scholarship will still stand,” Osigwe affirmed.

During this period of investigation, Osigwe advised Ejikeme not to panic, assuring her that Innoson has the capacity to carry out a thorough investigation to uncover the truth.

“If we find out that she is innocent of the allegation, whether she scored the highest or not, the scholarship will still stand,” he emphasized.

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