- The JAMB head of information Fabian Benjamin has confirmed that the board had suspended its employee Philomina Chieshe because of the missing N36m
- Benjamin said Chieshe is going through all other disciplinary procedures while investigation is ongoing on the matter
- He said the employee's claim was that a snake came into the office and swallowed the money
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on Sunday, February 11, declared that it had suspended its employee, Philomina Chieshe based on the N36 million which was reported to have been swallowed by a snake in the board’s office in Makurdi, Benue state.
Punch reports that the JAMB head of information Fabian Benjamin said the board was taking her through other disciplinary measures while security agencies were investigating the matter.
According to Benjamin, ''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 were 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.
It was also 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.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the mysterious disappearance of N36million cash from the vaults of the JAMB generated lots of reactions from Nigerians across the country.
The reactions followed a report that an official in JAMB's finance department had claimed that a mysterious snake 'spiritually' entered into the vault to take away the money.
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