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.”

VIDEO: JAMB Official Who Said Snake Swallowed N36m Being Probed

This is the exclusive video of the Jamb official who alleged that snake swallowed N36 million from the Accounts office of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB in Benue State.

A team of auditors had been dispatched to different state offices of JAMB 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.

On their visit to Makurdi office of JAMB, a sales clerk, Philomina Chieshe, told JAMB registrar and his team that she could not account for N36 million she made in previous years before the abolition of scratch cards.

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.”

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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)