JAMB officials escaped being burnt alive in Lagos – Oloyede

Two officials of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Examination Board were  attacked  by unidentified persons during  the  Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination  mock exam at a centre  around the Lagos State Polytechnic in Lagos State.

JAMB Registar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, confirmed the  development during an interaction with reporters on Monday in Abuja.

According to him, the police have commenced investigations into the incident.

Oloyede, who led the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, to monitor the   UTME mock exam  at some computer-based test centres in Abuja, said  the officials would have  been set ablaze but for the timely  intervention of security officials at the venue.

The registrar, who  said  157,000 candidates sat for the exam  nationwide, added that the injured workers in Lagos were receiving treatment at hospital.

He said, “The very first sad thing that we noticed was that two of our workers were almost murdered in Lagos. There was an attempt on their lives around the Lagos State Polytechnic. For whatever reason, they poured  petrol  on  them and  were about to  set  them  ablaze.

“The reason for this attack cannot yet be ascertained.”

He  added that 698 computer-based test centres would conduct the UTME  between   April 11 and 15.

Oloyede said  the board  had delisted 14 CBT centres due to infractions such as technical hitches.

He said,  “The  centres which went to borrow computers for the exams have been stopped. We  now have about 698 centres left.”
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