The National Examination Council (NECO) says it is yet to confirm if some candidates missed its ongoing Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (SSCE) in the south-east as claimed in some quarters.


Several candidates sat for the council’s mathematics exam held across the country on Monday.

But some candidates in the south-east were said to have missed the exam due to the sit-at-home order of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

IPOB had said it would enforce a lockdown every Monday — from August 9 — in the south-east until Nnamdi Kanu, its leader, is released.


Following his arrest in Kenya in June and extradition to Nigeria, Kanu was re-arraigned on charges bordering on treasonable felony brought against him by the federal government over his campaign for the separatist Republic of Biafra.

TheCable had reported how commercial activities were put on hold in many parts of the south-east following the sit-at-home order.

The development was said to have generated concerns among some of the students reportedly affected by the directive.


When contacted by TheCable Lifestyle on Tuesday, Azeez Sanni, NECO’s spokesman, said the council’s field officers in the south-east are yet to reveal if candidates indeed missed the exam.

Sanni added that the council’s management has not taken any decision as regard the said disruption of its exam in the region.

“The management is yet to take a decision on that. We have not received reports from our field officers that some candidates were unable to sit for their exam,” he said.

Several Nigerians have also taken to social media, particularly Twitter, to express different opinions on the matter.


“Thousands of Igbo school children failed Maths in NECO exams, becos For the fear of their lives they missed out the exams by sitting at home. But here u are on social media celebrating “100% Sit-at-home” success,” a user wrote.

“Those of them that have written Neco, SSCE, WAEC and graduated, what have they done with it in Nigeria? Nothing. Many of them are jobless in Nigeria,” another user wrote.

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