N36m Went Missing During Ojerinde’s Tenure – JAMB Registrar

Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof Ishaq Oloyede, has claimed that the N36m that was allegedly swallowed by a snake from the board’s office in Makurdi went missing before he came on board.

According to him, the said money was stolen before his appointment as the Registrar.

Speaking on Focus, a programme monitored by newsmen on AIT, Oloyede said it is totally wrong to label JAMB as a stinking organisation.

He said, “In the case of the snake swallowing money, I think what happened was something that happened towards the tail end of 2016.

“I came in later part of 2016 and my mandate was to correct things that were not properly done. But I had the fortune or misfortune of having those selling the scratch cards prior to my appointment to give account since we stopped the sale of the scratch cards.

“And in the course of our investigation, some nasty stories were being told, which, of course we didn’t buy and that was why we took the appropriate decision.

“To us in JAMB, it was an old story because it wasn’t a recent issue, it happened few months after I came on board.

“When they could not account for the money, I had to invite them and to tell us what happened to the money.

“They were more ridiculous stories than the snake swallowing money story. In fact, some of the stories that entered the media were even smaller than what I heard in the course of my investigation.

“We have 1,500 staff members; there are wonderful individuals among them so I wouldn’t want to dent their images by mentioning those revelations that came up.

“We had a story of some invigilators, who went for invigilation and were giving N1m to allow students indulge in examination malpractice, because their lives were in danger, they accepted the money and deposited in JAMB’s account, that are the people we should celebrate and those saying spiritual snake swallowed their money.”

JAMB Fraud: Fresh N8 Million Missing

The Yobe State Coordinator of JAMB, Sanusi Atose, has joined the list of the board’s staffs that have had “special reasons” for their inability to account for missing funds in their care.

Sanusi Atose is has blamed the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria’s North-East for his inability to account for N613,000 belonging to the board. JAMB had summoned Atose to Abuja to appear before an administrative panel led by Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede to explain the disappearance of the cash after he received registration scratch cards of that amount.

But in his explanation, the official, claimed an alleged Boko Haram attack in Yobe State left him unable to account for the money. According to reports he claimed that tellers, receipts and invoices were destroyed in the attack, which he said left him with no documentation for the transaction.

Oloyede, however, dismissed his claim as another disingenuous cover-up for fraud.

“Kindly go and pay government money within one week, else you will be in trouble,” the registrar told Mr. Atose.

Also appearing before the panel, Daniel Agbor, who is the Kogi State coordinator of JAMB, said he spent N7 million, which his office could not account for, on assisting other workers in his office, who he said were ravaged by poverty.

He also claimed that some of the cards sent to the state were stolen by unknown persons.

“The state of the state offices is such that we are in poverty and money is there with us,” the coordinator told the panel.

“You need the grace of God in the state offices not to steal money because money is tempting. We borrowed the money and I am not the only one, I will provide the list of everyone involved in the fraud.

“To err is human, to forgive is divine, please don’t take me to the police, please be lenient with me, sir,” he pleaded.

“If you hear that I have given up in the police cell, will you say ‘I am sorry’? My wife just gave birth to our first issue.

“Most of us are on loan, my salary is N175, 000, but when they deduct my loans, my salary remains N90,000, which is not enough for me so I borrowed from the government purse”.

Agbor told the panel that he paid N265,000 into an account allegedly on the instruction of the former registrar of the board.

“I was informed of missing scratch cards, but security personnel, the police and civil defence, invaded the office, retrieved the cards and they paid some money back.

“I informed the former registrar and he directed me to send the money to an account, which I did. I later learnt the money was transferred to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence. So that one was not calculated at all,” he said.

But the panel told him that he was in trouble.

“I will give you one week from today as we speak,” Oloyede told the coordinator.

“I want to see you pay everything in your custody, else I will hand you over to the police.

“Deduct the N265, 000 from the N7 million, then give us the account in which the former registrar gave you to send the money to.”

 

JAMB Uncovers Another Missing N26 Million

While we struggle to get over the snake story that a JAMB official told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has uncovered another fraud of N26 million allegedly perpetrated by its former Nasarawa State coordinator, simply identified as Tanko.

This was released in a statement by JAMB spokesman, Dr. Fabian Benjamin who told  newsmen in Abuja that the former Nasarawa State coordinator had apologised to the JAMB audit team for his inability to account for the money for unknown reasons.

The officer, in his confessional statement, claimed that the unsold scratch cards were burnt when he was involved in a car crash, even as he failed to account for the ones he sold before a ban was placed on the use of scratch cards in 2016.

JAMB’s head of media said that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the police had been invited to assist in recovering money allegedly stolen by its officials in the Abuja headquarters and the state offices.

He said: “In JAMB, we have nothing to hide. We run an open door system, where the public must have unfettered access to information, positive or negative, present or past.

“The fact remains that the officer in question in our Benue office and many others found in similar situations in some other states diverted the funds before the coming of Oloyede.

“But, be that as it may, management is working assiduously to arrest and hand over to the appropriate quarters this snake that swallowed our N36 million and a host of others still in our system.”

 

2018 UTME: JAMB Registers 1.65m Candidates

 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has disclosed that it has successfully registered 1,650, 547 candidates for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

 

The board stated this in a statement signed by its Head of Media, Dr Fabian Benjamin, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.

 

NAN recalls that the board commenced the 2018 UTME registration on Dec.6, 2017 and closed on Feb. 11, after extending the registration for five days.

 

According to him, a total of 1,662,818 candidates paid and obtained the e-pins, while 1,650,547 had successfully registered for the 2018 UTME, at the close of pin vending.

Benjamin, however, urged the public to note that “all candidates who had paid and obtained pins but could not successfully register as at the close of sale are allowed to quickly do so within 24 hours.”

This, he said, was necessary as it would not entertain complaints afterwards from those who are unable to do so.

The spokesman emphasised that the continuation of the registration process was for only the candidates, who had initiated registration processes, paid and procured the registration e-pins but could not register as at the close of sales.

“Take note that candidates are not to generate any profile code for the purpose of 2018 UTME registration as doing so would have no effect and a waste of time and resources,” he said.

Meanwhile, on the snake issue, the Board maintained that there was “no hiding place for any form of criminality to thrive in the running of its activities.

“The Board would deploy all available resources to arrest and prosecute anyone found undermining the integrity of the Board, irrespective of who is involved.”

Benjamin recalled that the Prof. Ishaq Oloyede-led management had, on assumption of duty, embarked on a tour of JAMB state offices to ascertain financial stand and general operations.

He said some of the reforms introduced by Oloyede on assumption of office in 2016, included the recommendation of an end to the use of scratch cards, replacing it with more efficient and effective modes of pin vending.

“UTME candidates before now purchased scratch cards from our offices nationwide and designated centres to gain access to the Board’s website for either registration or other essential services.

“It was in the process of the routine audit and other checks of state offices account and activities that an official in charge of the Benue state office of the Board was found wanting.

“This happened in an effort to give an accurate account of the proceeds realised from the sales of the cards.

“We are not going to take lightly our fight against corruption no matter who is involved.

“We are going to unravel, arrest and prosecute this alleged mysterious snake, just as we are going to bring to book, any of our officers or stakeholders who are caught in any activity not in line with the Board’s policies.

“A number of persons have indeed been discovered to have misappropriated funds belonging to the Board and the one at hand currently is one of such numerous cases of misappropriation in the state offices.

“We are out to carry careful scrutiny of government funds, as well as block all leakages and loopholes,” Benjamin said.

He further explained that the officer in question in its Benue office and many others states, found in similar situations had diverted the fund before the assumption of office of the present Registrar.

“However, the Board reiterates that the management is working assiduously to arrest and hand over to the appropriate quarters, the said “snake” that swallowed N36 million and a host of other monies in its system.

“The Board also has deployed machineries in its bid to fight corruption, infractions, and admission malpractice, financial misappropriation in a total and comprehensive manner,” he said.

According to him, “In JAMB, we have nothing to hide; we run an open door system where the public must have an unfettered access to information, be it positive or negative, whether in the present or past.” (NAN)

N36m Swallowed By Snake: Shehu Sani Presents Repellant Chemicals To JAMB

The Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, on Tuesday stormed the headquarters of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board in Bwari, Federal Capital Territory, with snake charmers.

The senator also seized the opportunity to present JAMB with snake repellent chemicals.

Sani said the visit was to enable stakeholders to get to the bottom of the issues surrounding the reported case of missing N36m from the JAMB office in Makurdi, Benue State.

One Philomena Chieshe, a sales clerk in the JAMB office, Makurdi, told JAMB registrar and his team that she could not account for the N36m she made in previous years before the abolition of scratch cards.

“In the course of interrogation, Philomena denied the allegations that she stole the money, but confessed that her housemaid connived with another JAMB staff to spiritually (through a snake) steal the money from the vault in the account office,” the report said.

Sani said his visit to JAMB was in response to the story that a snake swallowed N36m.

He lamented that it was of concern that such a huge sum of money was reported to have been swallowed by a snake.

“I believe that the contribution I can make is to bring snake charmers from my constituency to the JAMB office and to help them fish out the snake and weed out snakes from their premises.”

Sani further said that if a snake could actually swallow N36m, one day, Nigerians might wake up to say that a snake had swallowed the country’s foreign reserve.

“Even if it is a spiritual matter, we believe that these people I brought are some of the best snake charmers in the country and they will help in arresting both physical and spiritual snakes if there has been any in the JAMB office.”

He explained that it was very clear the incident did not happen during the tenure of the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede.

“We are very proud of him. We believe he is someone who should continue to run this agency.

“It is good for Nigerians to know this is what happened before he came into office. I believe the best thing we can do is to continue to support him.

“It is time Nigerians knew that there may be other dirty things happening in other places, but this place has exposed it for us. We know the truth and I’m very happy about that.”

Sani presented snake repellents and chemicals to the board.

Responding, the Spokesperson for JAMB, Mr. Fabian Benjamin, explained that on assumption of duty, the incumbent registrar, Oloyede, discovered that there were loopholes in the sale of scratch cards.

“We discovered a lot of loopholes. The registrar thereafter introduced PIN vending.

“After introducing the PIN vending, it was natural for him to call for an audit of the former use of scratch cards.

“After taking stock, it was discovered that in some offices, they could not account for what they sold.

“Ms Philomena Chieshe was entrusted with a number of scratch cards which she sold, but N36m could not be accounted for.

“When asked, she actually said she sold them at the said amount, and kept the money in the public vault. According to her, a snake swallowed the money.”

Benjamin further explained that in the spirit of transparency, inclusiveness, and openness, the agency felt that Nigerians should know what was happening.

He said Chieshe had been queried and has also appeared before a disciplinary committee.

“A report has been put together and sent to the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu. As soon as that report is approved, she will be disciplined and handed over to the appropriate security agency for proper profiling.”

(NAN)

Trending: Hilarious Reactions Trail ‘Money-Swallowing’ Snake Report

Hilarious reactions have trailed the report of a ‘mysterious snake’ that allegedly sneaked into the accounts office of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in Makurdi, the Benue State capital ‘carting away’ N36 million cash.

After the news broke on Saturday, February 10, the social media started buzzing as many Nigerians expressed shock at the news making hilarious comments.

An account’s clerk in the office is currently answering audit queries concerning the missing money. She said her housemaid and a fellow employee had confessed to using a snake to ‘spiritually’ stealing the monies she kept in an office vault.

Before now, JAMB candidates purchased scratch cards from JAMB state offices and other designated centres, to gain access to the Board’s website for either registration or to check their admission status but reforms were introduced by JAMB registrar Ishaq Oloyede when he assumed office in 20116.

He ended the use of scratch cards, replacing it with more efficient and effective platforms.

The board has however reacted to the report. Oloyede, JAMB Boss on Monday said that the case was that of pure criminality and fraud on the part of one of its staff.

Nigerians on social media have however reacted to the news with many hilarious comments. Among the reactions is that of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The anti-corruption agency using its official Twitter handle said, “The Eagle shows no mercy for money-swallowing snake(s).

A twitter account @Nigeriasnake has since been opened with a hilarious bio which reads “I am the snake that ate N36 million from Jamb office. I will not vomit it.”

See the reactions below…

What kind of Snake entered JAMB’s office and didn’t bite the gateman or the clerk but went ahead to swallow N36 million?

Update: the snake that swallowed Jamb’s money is now hungry.
So we have put it up for lease, it’s ready to swallow more monies…
You can rent for day(s), week (s), month(s)..
Indicate if interested..

Jamb students will start expecting questions like this.

Calculate how long it will take a snake to swallow 36M Naira. If the Bank notes are either in 100, 200,500 or 1000 denomination and tabulate the chances of the snakes survival using the APC formula.

All I wanted to do was to modify my Jamb score. So that Uniben can take me. But somehow I stumbled on the money and swallowed it.

So the Snake that swallowed 36million naira did not see all the people that work in jamb office to swallow…
Its paper…
Herbivorous snake..

When you wake up tomorrow and find out that the same snake that attacked JAMB office just attacked Central Bank of Nigeria.

JAMB Suspends Worker Who Claimed Snake Swallowed N36m

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board disclosed that it had suspended its employee, Philomina Chieshe who had earlier revealed that a sum of N36m was swallowed by a “snake which is now at large” in the board’s office in Makurdi, Benue State.

The suspension was disclosed by the board’s head of information Fabian Benjamin, who spoke to newsmen on Sunday.

He also said that the board was taking her through other disciplinary measures while security agencies were investigating.

Benjamin said, “She has been suspended and she is going through all other disciplinary procedures while the investigation is ongoing on the matter. Her claim was that a snake came into the office and swallowed the N36m proceeds.”

It was learnt that Chieshe explained 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.

Meanwhile, it was learnt that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had begun an investigation into the matter following a recommendation by the Federal Executive Council late last year that JAMB should be investigated.

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, who briefed council about the performances of some government agencies last year had said JAMB for the first time remitted N5bn to the government’s coffers with a promise to pay the balance of N3bn compared to maximum N3m remitted yearly in the last 40 years.

Adeosun had said the disparity in the remittances of agency in the past had necessitated the decision to probe all previous heads of the two agencies.

 

JAMB Sells 1.6 Million 2018 UTME Forms

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board says about 1.6 million registration documents for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination have so far been sold with two days to end the exercise.

The board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos.

The board commenced the sales of the document on Dec. 6, 2017, and had said it would close on Feb. 6.

However, the board’s Registrar, Prof. Is’haq Oloyede, on Feb. 6, announced extension of the documents’ sales to Feb. 11, to accommodate candidates who failed to register within the two months window.

According to Benjamin, this year’s registration for the examination has proven to be one of the best in recent times.

“As at the close of work on Thursday, I can comfortably say that we have registered close to 1.6 million candidates for the examination.

“This year’s registration too can be adjudged as one of the best in recent times as it has been smooth, hitch and rancour-free.

“Having said this though, the board will like to warn that there may be no more extension of period of registration for candidates in our future examinations.

“This is because some mischievous persons may want to seize the opportunity of the lengthy period of registration to carry out infractions that could undermine the integrity of the examination,’’ he told NAN.

“We are seriously considering reducing the registration period to about one month.

“We no longer want to give fraudsters the opportunity to deploy all kinds of tricks into the process.

“Imagine a situation whereby in a whole month, less than 10 per cent registered until when we started approaching the last lap of the exercise.’’

(NAN)

EFCC To Expose VCs, Past JAMB Registrars For Diversion Of Funds

Ibrahim Magu, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, partially revealed that  the agency is presently carrying out an investigation on the allegation that low remittances was made by past registrars of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB.

Although he admitted while speaking to newsmen at the JAMB headquarters in Bwari, after a courtesy visit to the JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede that the investigation was too early to disclose any information he also hinted that there was also an ongoing probe of some of the nation’s universities’ Vice Chancellors over allegation of monthly diversion of N450 million as furniture allowances, vowing that no one found wanting in the act would be spared.

When asked how far he has gone with investigation on the alleged low remittances by the board’s past registrars, he said:

”I think it’s too early for me to comment on that, we are working. It’s too early for me to comment on that.”

While also responding to question on the level of investigation on alleged monthly diversion of N450 million as furniture allowances by some Vice Chancellors, the EFCC insisted that no one found wanting in the act would be spared.

” We would not spare anybody,” he said.

Earlier, in his mission statement to the board’s registrar, he said his visit was informed by major things chief among which was to partner the tertiary institutions examination body on fight against examination malpractices in the country. According to him, the first reasons he was at JAMB was to commend Oloyede for transparancy he had brought to JAMB by remitting exactly what the board was generating to the government.

Second, he said he wanted to come and show appreciation to JAMB for the confirmation and promotion examinations for EFCC personnel it has been handling and to also hail the JAMB’s Registrar for the anti-corruption crusade he has been championing in the nation’s tertiary institutions examination body. He said

”For showing that this is what is available and it should go to where it supposed to go, that’s very commendable and it shows a lot of transparency. ” I hope everybody will emulate what you have done when you said this money belongs to this people, give Caesar what is Caesar’s. I think it’s a very commendable efforts.”

“When you are fighting corruption, the best way to fight it is to mobilise and bring everybody on board. We want to invite everyone to join us in the fight against corruption, corruption is everywhere. “You don’t have to do it the way I do it, you just have to find a way to do it,even if you educate the younger ones at home, you are still fighting corruption.

“But there are areas we can collaborate with JAMB in the fight against corruption and that is the area of examination malpractice.

“This is only the reason why I came here, I also came to thank you for the area JAMB has assisted us in arranging our confirmation examinations and also promotion examination. I’m sure it has taken a lot of efforts, a lot of resources in handling this.

“And since I’m here, I also want to use the opportunity to tell people that everybody has a role in fighting corruption, individually and collectively. At least, we must chase this monster out of this country, it’s a disaster, we don’t need it. It’s an evil, we don’t need it. Just do it the way you can,you don’t have to do it the way I do it. Chase it out, it must go because it has done a lot of damage to this country, a lot of destruction. Also everything that is going wrong in Nigeria is caused by corruption.

“Cancer itself is caused by corruption, if there was no corruption, there wouldn’t be this high rate of cancer. There wouldn’t be problem in out hospitals, there wouldn’t be need for our people to eat adulterated food. Corruption is the multiplier of every evil, every wrong doing can be attributed to the act of corruption. So we have the responsibility, everybody here. “Even the media, has more responsibility in fighting corruption, they have to really help us to sensitise Nigerians that corruption is wrong.”

 

Jamb Announces Extension Of 2018 UTME Registration

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has disclosed that it would extend the closing date for the registration for 2018 UTME till February 11, 2018.

This was revealed in a press statement on Tuesday by the spokesperson of the board, Fabian Benjamin.

Recall that in December the board had said that the sale of form and registration for all candidates including those from foreign countries will hold from December 6, 2017 to February 6, 2018.

“JAMB as a responsive organisation has taken the decision albeit with great hesitation to accommodate candidates who failed to register between the two months window period that ended at midnight of Tuesday, 6th February, 2018,” Mr. Benjamin said

The agency, however, said such extensions in future may involve some penalty.

“The failure of these candidates to register is unfortunate and the Board hastens to add that this culture of impunity will not be tolerated and indeed penalty may be imposed for late registration in future.

“Candidates are therefore strongly advised to take advantage of the extension to register as request for further extension would not be entertained,” the spokesperson said.

“For emphasis, 2018 UTME registration now closes at midnight of Sunday, 11th February, 2018.”

The board, however, said registration for direct entry candidates continues.

The board had also proposed March 9 to 17 as the date for the examination.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, is a Nigerian entrance examination board for tertiary institutions.

The board is charged with the responsibility to administer similar examinations for applicants to Nigerian public and private universities, monotechnics, polytechnics and colleges of education. All of these candidates must have obtained the West Africa School Certificate, now West Africa Examinations Council, WAEC, or its equivalent, National Examination Council, NECO.

 

JAMB Postpones Sale Of 2018 Application Forms

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Tuesday, said it has postponed the sale of its 2018 application forms for intending candidates.

The Board disclosed this in a statement, signed by its Head of Media, Dr Fabian Benjamin, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

According Benjamin, the sale of the application documents, which was scheduled to start on November 22, suffered delay due to the publishers’ inability to print the 1.8 million copies of the forms before the deadline.

“This postponement was due to the delay in meeting agreed deadline by the publisher of the Compulsory Reading Text meant for prospective candidates for the 2018 UTME (Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations).

“The publisher had promised to deliver all the texts for the 2018 candidates on or before November 7 but as at close of work today, the publisher has not provided the 1.8 million copies required.

“This development has painfully forced the Board to shift the date from Wednesday, November 22 to a date to be announced soon.”

Benjamin said the Board would work round the clock to ensure a new date was announced soon, while urging intending applicants to visit its website and familiarise themselves with the application procedures.

“All reforms and the process of registration have been made very friendly and easy for candidates desirous of applying for the 2018 exercise.

“The advertisement when out will explain step by step the processes of obtaining the application e-pins and registration,” Benjamin further said.