A staff of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, in Benue State, Philomina Chieshe, held for allegedly diverting N36m, property of the examination body to personal use said a mystery snake ate the money in the office’s vault and her house.
Philomina, a sales clerk was in charge of selling JAMB’s scratch cards to candidates that enabled them to gain access to the Board’s website for either registration or to check their admission status. She allegedly helped herself with the proceeds from the sales.
A new reforms introduced by JAMB registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede on assumption of office in 2016 spelt an end to the shady deal perpetrated by Philomina and her likes.
Oloyede cancelled buying scratch cards by candidates and in its place introduced making payments online.
And when a team of auditors were 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, the chicken came home to roost for Philomina.
The lid on the fraud she perpetrated was blown off and was arrested by police. Under interrogation, she claimed the money was stolen spiritually.
Her word, “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.”