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Police arrest 50, teargas JAMB candidates in Makurdi


NO fewer that 50 applicants for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examinations were arrested on Monday in Makurdi, Benue State, after they engaged officials of the board in a fisticuff.

   The Guardian learnt that trouble started after JAMB officials, who had earlier asked the candidates through text messages to come to the office for their examination printouts ahead of this weekend’s computer-based test (CBT), rather sent them home and advised them to return the following day.

   According to an eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity, the candidates, angered by the development, refused to leave and instead pelted the JAMB officials, while some pulled down the security post at the office. Sensing trouble, the JAMB officials called in the police, who then dispersed the candidates with teargas. 

   Confirming the incident, the Benue Commissioner of Police, Hyacinth Dagala, said the over 300 candidates were asked to wait for just an hour for the printouts but instead they started throwing stones and making bonfire around the examination board. Consequently, the police were deployed to disperse them, while no fewer than 50 of them were arrested.

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