As the news of the alleged report of a snake swallowing millions of Naira at the headquarters of the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board in Bwari heightens up. The Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Sen. Shehu Sani on Tuesday stormed the office with snake charmers.
The visit was birthed to unravel the mystery behind the reported missing N36 million from the office of JAMB in Makurdi, Benue State and the Snake that swallowed it.
NAN report that a Philomena Chieshe, a sales clerk in the JAMB office, Makurdi, told JAMB registrar and his team that “she could not account for N36 million she made in previous years before the abolition of scratch cards.
“In the course of interrogation, Philomena denied the allegations that she stole the money but confessed that her housemaid connived with another JAMB staff to spiritually (through a snake) steal the money from the vault in the accounting office”, the report said.
“I believe that the contribution I can make is to bring snake charmers from my constituency to the JAMB office and to help them fish out the snake and weed out snakes from their premises.”
Sani further said that if a snake could actually swallow N36 million, one day Nigerians may wake up to say that a snake had swallowed the country’s foreign reserve.
“Even if it is a spiritual matter, we believe that these people I brought, are some of the best snake charmers in the country and they will help in arresting both physical and spiritual snakes if there has been any in the JAMB office.”
He explained that it was very clear the incident did not happen during the tenure of the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede.
“We are very proud of him. We believe he is someone who should continue to run this agency.
“It is good for Nigerians to know this is what happened before he came into office. I believe the best thing we can do is to continue to support him.
“It is high time Nigerians know that there may be other dirty things happening in other places but this place has exposed it for us. We know the truth and I’m very happy about that.
Sani presented snake repellents and chemicals to the board.
Responding, the Spokesperson for JAMB, Mr. Fabian Benjamin explained that on assumption of duty, the present registrar discovered that there were loopholes in the sale of scratch cards.
“We discovered a lot of loopholes. The registrar thereafter introduced pin vending.
“After introducing the pin vending, it was natural for him to call for an audit of the former use of scratch cards.
“After taking stock, it was discovered that in some offices they could not account for what they sold.
“Ms. Philomena Chieshe was entrusted with a number of scratch cards which she sold and N36 million could not be accounted for. When asked she actually said she sold them at the said amount, kept the money in the public vault.
“According to her, a snake swallowed the money.”
Benjamin further explained that in the spirit of transparency, inclusiveness, and openness the agency felt that Nigerians should know what was happening.
He said Chieshe had been queried and has also appeared before a disciplinary committee.
“A report put together and sent to the Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu and as soon as that report is approved, she will be disciplined and handed over to the appropriate security agency for proper profiling.
He also told Sani of another incident in Nasarawa State, where the staff member claimed that the unsold cards he was bringing to Abuja got burnt in when the car he was traveling in was involved in an accident.