The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Sunday disclosed that it had suspended its employee, Philomina Chieshe, after she had claimed that N36m was ‘mysteriously’ swallowed by a snake in the board’s office in Makurdi, Benue State.
Speaking with newsmen yesterday, the JAMB Head of Information, Fabian Benjamin, said that the board was taking her through other disciplinary measures while security agencies were investigating the matter.
According to him, “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 earlier divulged 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 was 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 a mystery to me too. I have been saving the money in the bank, but I found it difficult to account for it. So I started saving it in a vault in the office. But each time I open the vault, I will find nothing. I became worried and surprised how the millions of Naira could be disappearing from the vault. I began to interrogate everybody in the house and office, and no one could agree on what might have happened to the money. I continued to press until my housemaid confessed. She said that the money disappeared “spiritually,” she had said.
She added that a “mysterious snake” sneaked into the house and swallowed the money in the vault.”