A Sales Clerk of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB has given a most bizzare explanation for unaccounted funds. She blamed a mysterious snake for a missing N36 million after she failed to account for the money.
According to the JAMB official, the mystery snake sneaked into the accounts office of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, in Makurdi, the Benue State capital and stole N36 million cash kept in the JAMB vaults.
JAMB candidates used to buy scratch cards from their respective JAMB state offices and other designated centers in other to gain access to the Board’s website for either registration or to check their admission status but the reforms introduced by JAMB registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, recommended an end to the use of scratch cards.
A team of auditors were dispatched to JAMB office in Makurdi to take inventory of the sold and unsold scratch cards and recover whatever money that might have either been generated or mismanaged during the period of the sale of scratch cards realized that the sales clerk, Mrs. Philomina Chieshe couldn’t account for the money within her coffers. In her explanation, Mrs. Philomena told the JAMB registrar and his team that she could not account for N36 million she made in previous years before the abolition of scratch cards because housemaid connived with another JAMB staff, Joan Asen, to “spiritually” steal the money from the vault in the accounts office.
“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.”
“It was a mystery to me too,” she said “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 maintained that a “mysterious snake” sneaked into the house and swallowed all the money.