Kwara, Ondo, Ebonyi, others shine as candidates emerge Top Jamb Scorers

By Olumide Olusegun |

Excitement floods social media following the release of the just concluded 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Findings by NATIONAL TELESCOPE reveals that the candidates from secondary schools in Kwara, Ondo, Benue, Ebonyi, Enugu, Bayelsa and Kaduna topped the list of those that were celebrated across the various social media platforms for outstanding performance in the examination.

Kwara

In Kwara, no fewer than 30 Students of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Model College, Ilorin scored above 300 and 355, out of a total of over 8,000 students who achieved this feat nationwide.

A list shared on X by a Roman Catholic Priest, Fr. Jude Okey, revealed that one Fasesin Ayomiposi and Kunle-Olawepo Ayomikun, emerged as the highest scorers in the school with 355 points.

Others who scored below 350 points include Adelodun Oluwadarasimi and Ayejuto Daniel with 341 points, and Idris Jamaaldeen with 333 points.

Similarly, a 15-year-old student of Government Secondary School, Omu Aran, Kwara State, Olukayode Olusola, scored a total of 362 marks in the examination. He aimed to study Electrical Electronics at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State.

Kaduna

The daughter of a lecturer at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Kaduna State; Toro Shehu, was among the top scorers who received encomium on social media for scoring 348 out of a total of 400.

Her father’s friend identified as Aliyu Tilde, who posted the story on his X handle disclosed that she scored 95 in Physics and Chemistry, as well as 78 in English Language and 80 in Biology.

Oladigbolu Zainab Asake, a Yoruba girl living and schooling in Kaduna and a student of Dialogue Academy Kaduna, caught people’s attention on X after a user @abdul4united, shared her results with an aggregate score of 362.

A breakdown of her UTME score is as follows: English – 81, Mathematics – 95, Physics – 95 and Chemistry – 91.

Another student from the North, Saleh Fatima Alkali who scored 336 in the examinations, got 68 in English language, 93 in Mathematics, 87 in Physics and 88 in Chemistry.

Ondo

In the same vein, one Oluwademilola Daramola, who hails from Ogbagi-Akoko, Ondo state received accolades for her exceptional results in both the UTME and West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).

An X user with the handle @OndoFirstBorn shared the report.

Benue

Pictures of 16-year-old Benue State girl, Tsavkegh Ishughun, also went viral over her striking UTME result.

Obande Christian Ogede who took to his Facebook page to celebrate her, said she is a student of Calvary Arrows Secondary School in Gboko, Benue State.

A breakdown of Tsavkegh’s showed she scored 95 in mathematics, 95 in physics, 93 in chemistry and 73 in English, bringing her total to 356.

Ebonyi

One Wilson Ejekwu, also took to his Facebook handle to celebrate a 16-Year-Old boy, from Ebonyi State who scored 345 In the JAMB Exam.

Bayelsa

Similarly, a Facebook user, Mayor Omubo Dede celebrated a student from Nembe LGA, Bayelsa State, Ezekiel Onesimus Bomo who scored 360 in the JAMB examination.

According to him, the breakdown of Bomo’s scores is as follows: English – 77; Mathematics – 95; Physics – 95; Chemistry – 93; Aggregate: 360

Also, one Presley Angotualayefa Ogede who hails from Amassoma, Bayelsa State was celebrated for scoring 354 in the examination.

Breakdown of his 2024 UTME result is as follows: English – 73; Mathematics – 95; Physics – 95; and Chemistry – 91.

Recall that JAMB in its statement, disclosed that 1,402,490 candidates out of 1,842,464 failed to score 200 out of 400 marks.

Over 1.9 million candidates registered and sat for the examination in 118 towns and over 700 centres across the country.

A total of 1,989,668 registered candidates, 80, 810 were absent while a total of 1, 904, 189 sat for the UTME within the six days of the examination.

There has however controversy over the claims on social media as several users have continued to chunk out various details of candidates who performed well at the examination with claims that they are the best scorers.

We won’t name 2024 top scorers, says JAMB Registrar

Meanwhile, in a press briefing the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, vowed not to disclose the names of the highest-scoring candidates in the just concluded examination.

The decision according to him, was to avoid “a repeat of the Mmesoma saga.”

Last year, the controversy was at its peak after 19-year-old Mmesoma Ejikeme, a UTME candidate from Anambra State, forged her Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, claiming to be the top scorer in Jamb.

Ejikeme, was embroiled with JAMB when she claimed to have scored 362 out of a total of 400.

Lawyer writes JAMB

Meanwhile, an Abuja based lawyer, Chief Chukwuma Nwachukwu, has invoked the Freedom of Information Act, FOI, against the examination body, insisting that JAMB must furnish him with names and scores of the 10 best candidates in the 2024 UTME, within seven days, in line with provisions of the FOI Act.

He said, “The above application is made pursuant to the provisions of Section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act, 2011 which provides that.

“Notwithstanding anything contained in any other Act, law or regulation, the right of any person to access or request information, whether or not contained in any written form, which is in the possession of any public official, agency or institution howsoever described or established.

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