- The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board is currently investigating the misappropriation of N83 million in five states
- The misappropriation of the funds were uncovered in the board's Kano, Edo, Kogi, Gombe and Plateau states' offices
- Spokesperson for JAMB said the board will not tolerate corrupt practices from any of its officials
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has uncovered fresh cases of misappropriation of N83 million in five different states across Nigeria.
Punch reports that the board is currently investigating fresh cases of fraud totalling N83 million in its five state offices.
The states - Kano, Edo, Kogi, Gombe and Plateau were said to have misappropriated N20 million, N7 million, N10 million and N15 million respectively.
JAMB's head of information, Fabian Benjamin, who confirmed the figures on Friday, February 16, said the board would be diligent in its investigations.
Benjamin would not tolerate corrupt practices from any of its officials.
“We will monitor with careful scrutiny how workers handled public funds. We are trying to block all leakages and loopholes,” he said.
Also a source at the board said all the workers found to have been involved in corrupt activities being investigated had been suspended while investigations were ongoing.
The source said: “What happened was that we had a panel session in Abuja and most of the state coordinators could not account for how some monies were spent or remitted. The coordinator of Kano State could not account for N20 million, while the Edo (office) could not account for N31 million. In Plateau State, we are looking at N15 million.
“For Kogi State, we have about N7 million that is a source of contention while Gombe office has N10 million that is also a source of contention. You can then sum it up and know how much corruption ate deep into some officials.
“The registrar is frank and thorough about the investigations and he has warned to transfer some of the cases to the police and to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission," the source added.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that an official of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board had blamed Boko Haram insurgents for some missing money in the board.
The official said attacks by the insurgents made it impossible for him to account for the money.
Also, another official of the board also blamed poverty in his office for some missing funds.
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