The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, announced on Sunday that it has suspended its “snake-employee,” Philomina Chieshe, who had claimed that spiritual snake swallowed the agency’s N36m kept under her custody in the board’s office in Makurdi, Benue State.
JAMB Head of Information, Fabian Benjamin, said the board was taking other disciplinary measures while security agencies were investigating the matter.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had also in a sarcastic post on Sunday, in reference to the apparent fraud at the Makurdi Jamb office, warned that the “Eagle shows no mercy to snakes”.
Benjamin said, “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.”
Chieshe had reportedly explained in her statement that a “mystery snake” sneaked into JAMB accounts office and made away with the N36m cash.
The money was from the purchases of scratch cards from JAMB state offices and other designated centres.
The snake- woman was said to have told a team of auditors dispatched to different state offices of JAMB to take inventory of sold and unsold scratch cards and recover the generated money, that she could not account for N36m made in the previous years before the abolition of scratch cards.
In the course of interrogation, Chieshe reportedly changed her story and said that it was her housemaid who connived with another woman, Joan Asen, to “spiritually steal the money” from the vault in the accounts office.
CHECKPOINTCHARLEY was informed that the EFCC had begun investigation into the matter.