More confounding developments are unfolding on account of N36m which was reported to have been swallowed by a snake at the office of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board(JAMB) in Makurdi, Benue State.
Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board said on Sunday that it had suspended its employee, Philomina Chieshe, over the mysterious disappearance of the cash from the board’s office.
The JAMB Head of Information, Fabian Benjamin, hinted that the board was taking her through other disciplinary measures while security agencies were investigating the matter.
It was learned 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 learned that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had begun an 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.