Reports have emerged that the Benue state police command have arrested about 50 UTME candidates protesting at the office of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), in Makurdi.
It was learnt that the agitation began after applicants for the 2015 Unified Tertiary and Matriculation Examinations (UTME) could not get their examination printouts after waiting for hours.
Pulse reported that the JAMB officials had initially sent a text messages to the candidates, requesting them to come to the office for their printout.
Alas, they were turned back and asked to return the next for the same purpose.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hyacinth Dagala, disclosed that the police intervened to prevent breakdown of law and order when the candidates started throwing stones at JAMB officials.
According to him, the stones injured one of the security guards and a police officer attached to the office.
“The candidates numbering over 300 today approached the JAMB Zonal Office in Makurdi and demanded their printouts.
“The Jamb officials pleaded with them to come back after one hour for their Jamb slips, but they refused and started throwing stones at the officials and security operatives.
“They injured one police officer, a security guard and some women who were selling food around the office and also burnt tyres on the road.”
Mr. Dagala concluded that the police rushed to the scene and arrested 50 of the protesters in order to calm the situation.