- Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna central, said he visited the board's office to offer help with regards to the missing money
- The board reveals that it has suspended the staff, Philomena Chieshe, at its Makurdi office for her incredible claim
- The senator says if such a thing can happen in the country, then even our foreign reserve is not safe
Staff of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), were on Tuesday, February 13, baffled upon seeing Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna central, at their office with anti-snake venom and snake charmers, a day after a staff claimed a missing N36 million was consumed by a snake.
Ishaq Oloyede, JAMB's registrar, went into rounds of laughter when the lawmaker presented him with two packs of anti-snake venom and offered the services of two snake charmers to locate and identify the snake that swallowed the money, Premium Times reports.
The board said it has suspended the staff, Philomena Chieshe, at its Makurdi office for her incredible claim. The senator, in reaction to the development, visited the JAMB headquarters to ascertain the truth of the matter and to proffer any possible assistance.
Sani stated: “The reason for my presence here is in response to the story that a snake swallowed about N36 million. It is my concern that such a huge amount of money is reported to have been swallowed by a snake. I believe the contribution I can make is to bring snake charmers from my constituency to the JAMB office to help them fish out the snake or weed out snakes from their premises.
“If a snake can actually swallow N36 million one day we may wake up in this country to see that a snake has swallowed our foreign reserve or it has swallowed money that was gathered in the TSA.”
One of the snake charmers, Tasiu Abdulrasheed, who claimed to have been a professional snake charmer for up to 20 years, said he has never encountered a money-swallowing reptile.
Abdulrasheed said: “I inherited the skill from my grandfather and I’ve been doing it for up to 20 years. I have dealt with different types of snakes, including pythons, cobra and others, but I have never captured a snake that swallowed money. My master has at different times captured snakes that swallowed various kinds of animals but he has never caught one that swallowed money.”
JAMB spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, said the board is addressing more stories like Chieshe’s. Fabian stated: “There was even a case in Nasarawa when a staff claimed that on his way to come and submit the scratch card, he had an accident and the car got burnt with the scratch cards."
Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had begun investigating a sales clerk, Philomina Chieshe, who claimed a mystery snake sneaked into the account office of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), in Makurdi, the Benue state capital and swallowed N36 million.
The anti-graft agency in a Facebook post on Tuesday, February 13, said it was probing the matter and would keep Nigerians updated on the issue.
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