Police fire shots at protesting UTME candidates

 

Report gathered that, hundreds of candidates wishing to sit for Monday’sUnified Tertiary Matriculation Examination escaped death in Jos after they were fired at by policemen called to maintain law and order.

This happened on Wednesday after they went berserk following the inability of the authorities to release examination slips to them.

The candidates had gathered at the Murtala Mohammed Way office of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board following announcements that they should come for the details of their examination centres.

However, the authorities were overwhelmed by the sheer number of students who had converged on the office.

The candidates were said to have become restive when the staff of JAMB were very slow in releasing the slips to them.

In the confusion that ensued, the officials closed their offices and asked the candidates to come back the next day. At this juncture, they became enraged and started smashing doors and windows of the offices.

The policemen were said to have fired gunshots in the air to disperse the candidates.

One of the candidates, who identified herself as Kemi, expressed dismay at the development, saying that the officials were endangering their lives. She said JAMB had chosen its office as the only centre to get the information instead of decentralising to other business centres.

She said many students would have been knocked down by motorists fleeing from the gunshots.

She said, “The huge number of candidates at the office was enough to attract any suicide bomber and in the event of any such incident, the casualties would be monumental.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Emmanuel Abuh, told one of our correspondents that the police were called to maintain law and order after the candidates became riotous.

He said, “The police only dispersed them because they constituted a great danger to motorists because the office is located at a major highway.”

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