Some candidates for UTME in the state who had on Monday, protested against their inability to access the JAMB website, where they would print their examination details were arrested and they are likely to miss the forthcoming UTME for 2015 unless the police release them.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Zonal Coordinator of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board on Tuesday in Benue State, Mr. Samuel Umoru. He said, “I cannot guarantee the release of the arrested candidates for now and whether they will be allowed to write the forthcoming examinations; only the police can determine that.”
No fewer than 70 of the protesters were arrested by the police.
The 2015 UTME examinations start on Monday, March 9.
However, fielding questions from newsmen in Makurdi, Umoru noted that the action of the aggrieved candidates was unnecessary, noting that JAMB could not deliberately cause them untold hardship.
Umoru said the police were still investigating the matter, adding that the candidates could not be released until their interrogation was concluded.
He said the police might charge the candidates to court.
According to him, the protesters destroyed part of the agency’s building, vandalised a transformer as well as some vehicles belonging to staff of the board.