• About 1, 000 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates who wrote this year’s Joint Admissions And Matriculation Board (JAMB) examinations in centres across Edo state on Tuesday asked the JAMB to release their results.

    The candidates who marched through the major streets of Benin City, and the secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists; (NUJ), Benin City said the centres where they wrote the UTME  had no biometric machines so seizing results on account of their not being captured by the machines was an attempt to deny them admissions.

    The angry candidates who carried different placards with inscriptions which read, “Out of 1.7million candidates: where are the spaces in the Universities”, JAMB do not frustrate us”, “JAMB release our results”, amongst others said they have other plans if JAMB does not take heed.

    Anthony Ozabor who was a UTME candidate in St Maria Goretti College in Benin City where he said JAMB had two centres said that they have been checking their results online only to find that they have none, arguing that the excuse by JAMB is that the machines showed that they were absent.

    “How can hundreds of thousands of candidates be absent for such a widely publicized examination that they have been preparing for since last year. The problem is that JAMB did not send the machines and they did that to ensure that they collected money from as candidates as possible only to deny them results after”.

    He added, “Today we have been to the Benin JAMB office and they used the Nigerian Police to drive us away; they  said we should go to headquarters of JAMB in Abuja”.

    However, an official at the Benin JAMB office denied knowledge of the candidates protest adding that results for those who actually wrote the UTME were available online for those interested to cross-check and take action.



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