The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says over 160,000 candidates sat for its mock Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in its 777 computer-based test (CBT) centres across the country.

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According to NAN, Fabian Benjamin, the board’s spokesman, broke the news on Thursday while expressing his sadness over a fire incident at one of the CBT centres in Abuja.

He said that measures had been put in place to contain the situation.

“We have over 160,000 candidates sitting for this mock examination in all our CBT centres. We received reports of complaint of staff capacity and stability at one or two centres,” he said.

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“Like in Abuja, there is a centre, Dominion International School, Jabi, that caught fire during the examinations but everything has been put under control.”

Fabian noted that following the success of the mock, the main exam will commence on June 19 as planned.

“The exams are going on well and with what we have now, it shows we are good to go for the main examinations coming up June 19,” he added.

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Also speaking, Oluwaseun Omotosho, JAMB’s technical officer, commended the candidates for their conduct during the examination.

She said that 200 candidates were to write the examination at the Global Distance Learning Centre but only 125 candidates showed up.

Omotosho, who did not state the reasons why 75 candidates failed to show up for the examination at the centre, added that the centre did not experience any hitches either before, during or after the examinations.

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