He came armed to the examination hall with his writing materials and a pistol.

A 21-year-old student who is a candidate in the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination was, on Thursday, caught with a gun.

He was arrested during a search at the entrance of the Nasarawa State Polytechnic centre.

A locally-made pistol and two rounds of live ammunition were found on him, according to men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

The state commandant of the NSCDC, Bashir Lawal-Kano, told journalists in Lafia that the candidate claims a stranger gave him the gun for “safekeeping”.

Lawal-Kano said the unnamed suspect would be charged to court for illegal possession of firearms.

He added that "even registered guns are not allowed at examination centres".