In the course of interrogating the sales clerk of JAMB in Makurdi, Benue state, Philomena denied the allegations that she stole the money. She however confessed that it was her housemaid that connived with another JAMB staff, Joan Asen, to “spiritually” steal the money from the vault in the account office.
She said: “I was one of the four sales clerks attached to JAMB office in Makurdi. My responsibility was to sell scratch cards to candidates and not involved in handling the revenues. It was the responsibility of Joan Asen and my other senior colleagues. I only remit money when am done selling the cards.
“Few months ago, there was issue of fraud in the Makurdi office. Auditors were sent from Abuja to carefully flip the record books of the office, to perhaps, ascertain the current state of affairs.
“The state Coordinator, Obilo, was not around when the audit team came. But in the course of the audit, N36 million was discovered to have been missing from the account. An investigation was launched. In the course of the investigation, it was discovered that Joan Asen, who is account staff and a lady outside JAMB have connived to steal the money.”
Philomina in her confessional statement said that Joan Asen and her accomplices confessed that they have been stealing the money “spiritually” through a mysterious snake that always sneak into the office to swallow the money from the vault.
According to her “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 said that a “mysterious snake” sneaked into the house and swallowed the money in the vault.”
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Monday revealed that another of its staff lied that the scratch cards given to him for sale got burnt in an accident.
However, Jamb Board discovered that there was no such accident as the cards were used.
We had a case where one of the staff said he had an accident on his way and the scratch cards got burnt, but only for us to discover that they were used because they all had serial numbers. Dr. Fabian Benjamin said.
This is coming on the heels of the claim by a staff, Philomena Chieshe, that a snake swallowed the N36 million she made from the sale of recharge cards.
Speaking on the developments, the spokesman of JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said the story that a snake swallowed the proceeds of the recharge card by Chieshe, who is attached to the Makurdi, Benue State office of the Board, is a case of cock and bull.
Benjamin said the dimension was introduced to cover a pure case of criminality and fraud by the staff.
He said: “The story was a mere invention.
“There was no snake anywhere to have swallowed the money.”
He said Chieshe told JAMB Registrar, Dr. Ishaq Oloyede, and his team that she could not account for N36 million she made in previous years before the abolition of scratch cards.
He said in the course of interrogation, Chieshe denied the allegations that she stole the money, but confessed that her housemaid connived with another JAMB staff, Joan Asen, to “spiritually”, through a snake, steal the money from the vault in the account office.
Benjamin said: “It is natural for the office to account for what they have after the sale of scratch cards has been stopped and we discovered that lots of money was missing in Markurdi and other offices.
“There are procedures in the civil service. So the whole thing is still under investigation. She was queried, she appeared before disciplinary committee, although she confessed that money was missing and a snake swallowed it.
“Unfortunately, she is calling one Joan’s name, which did not appear in the investigation at all. Joan only recommended a house help for her. Of course, the management did not believe the story. She is just trying to put an excuse forward. These are things the Registrar is trying to unravel to put the board on the right footing. We had a case where one of the staff said he had an accident on his way and the scratch cards got burnt, but only for us to discover that they were used because they all had serial numbers.”
#Culled from NL#