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Violent erupts as angry candidates attack JAMB office in Benue

The JAMB candidates are angry over their inability to register at the centers earmarked for the exercise.

The zonal office of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board
(JAMB) in Benue state has been vandalised by hundreds of prospective
exam candidates over the difficulty they are passing through to get
registered for the exam.

Tribune reports that the windows and other valuables in the office
located along George Akume were destroyed by the angry applicants who
also blocked the major road with born fires which disrupted traffic
flow.

The candidates were protesting their inability to register at the centers earmarked for the exercise.

“The process is stressful. We wait for two or three days at the banks
to get the pin and going to jamb is another frustration. Let cyber cafe
do it for us,” prospective candidates who identified themselves as,
Lucy and Jimmy told the Tribune.

Some of the candidates also took the protest to government house,
expressing their disgust over the manner this year JAMB registration is
been handled.

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Speaking to the aggrieved candidates, the state secretary to the
state government (SSG) Prof Anthony Ijor SAN, urged the candidates to
remain calm, assuring that all their grievances would be addressed.

Besides, the zonal controller JAMB, Samuel Moro, advised prospective
candidates to be patient assuring that everybody will get registered.

He acknowledged a lot of hitches from the banks and partly from the candidates themselves.

Moro however, expressed displeasure over the attitude of the
candidates whom he alleged, destroyed their signboard, windows and other
facilities.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Registrar/Chief
Executive Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, on Wednesday, March 29, stated this in
Kaduna, during the opening ceremony of a strategic planning retreat on
the monitoring, supervision and evaluation of 2017 UTME with the theme:
“Inclusiveness and sensitisation of key external actors.”

According to JAMB, a total of 240,000 candidates have so far
registered for the examination which has been scheduled for May 20,
barely one week after the commencement of the sale of forms which is
expected to end on April 22.

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