The Borno State Police Command has said no candidate for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) that held nationwide on Saturday was killed in the state.
The Commissioner of Police in Borno, Lawal Tanko, who was reacting to media reports that no fewer than 200 candidates were killed in one of the centres in Maiduguri by suspected Boko Haram insurgents, however, said the possibility of attacks on one or two candidates either could not be completely ruled out.
He said: “I was directly in charge of the police operations to ensure safety of the candidates in all the examination venues in Maiduguri.
“We conducted the examination in peace without any incident in all the centres in Maiduguri.
“As I speak to you, the students are on their way back home. So, I do not know which attack you are talking about in a JAMB centre in Maiduguri.
“I do not rule out the possibility of attacks on one or two candidates on their way to the venues or back home.
“I have not received any report of attacks on candidates either on their way to the examination or back home”, he said.
Mr. Tanko, therefore, admonished reporters to always cross-check their facts before going to press to avoid creating panic and disorder in society.