Monday, 12 February 2018

JAMB Suspends Worker Over N36m Swallowed By Snake

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board said on Sunday that
it had suspended its employee, Philomina Chieshe, on account of
N36m which was reported to have been swallowed by a snake in
the board’s office in Makurdi, Benue State.
The JAMB Head of Information, Fabian Benjamin, told our
correspondent on Sunday that the board was 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.”
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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.
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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.
The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, who briefed council about
the performances of some government agencies last year had said
JAMB for the first time remitted N5bn to the government’s coffers
with a promise to pay the balance of N3bn compared to maximum
N3m remitted yearly in the last 40 years.
Adeosun had said the disparity in the remittances of agency in the
past had necessitated the decision to probe all previous heads of
the two agencies.


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