- WAEC has denied rumoured fire outbreak at its Nigerian headquarters, Abuja
- The council said those spreading the misinformation are mischief-makers who wanted to confuse candidates
- WAEC said the WASSCE security materials are safe and intact
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The management of West African Examination Council (WAEC) has denied the occurrence of a fire outbreak at its Nigerian headquarters, Abuja.
In a statement released by the council on Thursday, August 6, through its head of public affairs Demianus G. Ojijeogu, WAEC said contrary to reports in some media its office was not gutted by fire.
WAEC described the fire outbreak rumour as false and handiwork of mischief-makers who wanted to mislead members of the public.
"We hereby categorically state that there was no fire incident at WAEC Headquarters or any WAEC office in Nigeria, for that matter.
"The publication is false and it is the handiwork of mischief-makers who are out to misinform, mislead and confuse the candidates and members of the general public," WAEC said in a statement made available on its Twitter handle on Thursday.
WAEC said there is no panic over the forthcoming West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) it will administer, saying "we wish to reassure all candidates, other stakeholders and members of the general public that all our security materials are safe and intact."
It also urged members of the public to disregard all the misinformation being "peddled by some online media."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that WAEC on Tuesday, August 4, released the timetable for the 2020 WASSCE despite the ravaging coronavirus pandemic.
WAEC on its official Twitter page called on students not to patronise those who publish other versions of the said timetable.
The council's head of public affairs disclosed that the examination will begin on Monday, August 17, and expected to end on Saturday, September 20.
Ojijiegu advised students to abide by all protocols stipulated by the federal government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
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