JAMB Suspends Worker Over N36m Swallowed By 'Snake'
If you were around in the early 90s, I'm sure you will remember a Nollywood movie titled Nneka, The Pretty Serpent.
A story of a pretty lady that transforms into a snake to hunt down her enemies.
Well, something similar allegedly happened two days ago in the office of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board in Makurdi, Benue State.
But this time around the alleged mystery snake was not interested in killing its enemies, it made away with a whooping sum of 36 million Naira!
At least that is the account an employee of the examination body, Philomina Chieshe, wants the world to believe.
JAMB on Sunday said that it has suspended Chieshe, on account of sum which was reported to have been swallowed by the snake.
The JAMB Head of Information, Fabian Benjamin, said that the board is taking her through other disciplinary measures while security agencies were investigating the matter.
Benjamin said, “She has been suspended and she is going through all other disciplinary procedures while investigation is ongoing on the matter. Her claim was that a snake came into the office and swallowed the N36m proceeds.”
It was learnt that Chieshe explained in her statement that a “mystery snake” sneaked into JAMB accounts office and made away with the N36m cash.
The money was said to be from the purchases of scratch cards from JAMB state offices and other designated centres.
A team of auditors was said to have been dispatched to different state offices of JAMB to take inventory of sold and unsold scratch cards and recover the generated money.
The woman reportedly told the team that she could not account for N36m made in the previous years before the abolition of scratch cards.
However, in the course of interrogation, Chieshe reportedly changed the narrative, saying that it was her housemaid who connived with another woman, Joan Asen, to “spiritually steal the money” from the vault in the accounts office.
Meanwhile, it was learnt that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had begun investigation into the matter following a recommendation by the Federal Executive Council late last year that JAMB should be investigated.
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