Schooled in violence: Anti-bomb squad on standby as candidates take UNN post-UTME test

by Isi Esene

The University of Nigeria, Nsukka on Friday conducted its post-UTME test under tight security which included an anti-bomb squard. This is taking place after the university authorities cancelled the exercise conducted in June midway due to allegations of leaked questions.

The re-scheduled test was conducted under unusually high security with the restriction of movement in and out of the school premises. Some roads leading to the university were also reportedly cordoned off to maintain security.

According to the Vanguard Newspapers, candidates were scanned by police anti-bomb squad before being allowed into exam halls.

One of the security officers stationed in the institution said, “All these measures are to ensure a hitch-free examination exercise.”

He confirmed that some roads were cordoned off and security agents deployed to strategic places as part of measures to control human traffic during the test.

Most of the candidates were happy at the development with many of them describing it has an improvement over what they saw last month when the test was cancelled.

Mr. Mellitus Okafor, who was one of the candidates, commended the institution’s arrangement, noting a marked improvement compared to what obtained in the previous exercise.

“What I have seen today impressed me, I am no longer annoyed over the cancellation of the screening exam last month because there is  better arrangement now,” Okafor said.

Another candidate, Miss Grace Ade, also expressed her satisfaction at the preparation that must have gone into the arrangement of the exercise. “There is no much stress this time when compared with what I suffered in the one that was cancelled.

“I am happy with UNN management for correcting many faults that marred the last screening,” Ade said.

The University’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Gabriel Ndu, said the school’s management took all the security measures to ensure an hitch-free exercise which has eventually translated to the success of the exercise.

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