EFCC to arraign JAMB staff who claimed snake swallowed N35m


Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will on Friday arraign an official of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Philomena Chishe, and five others over alleged N35 million fraud.

The JAMB worker was said to have claimed that a snake swallowed the money in question.

In a brief which was seen on Thursday, the suspects will be tried by Justice Peter Afen of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja.

The other JAMB officials involved in the case are Samuel Umoru, Yakubu Jekada, Daniel Agbo, Priscilla Ogunsola, and Aliyu Yakubu.

“Philomena, who is a JAMB official in Benue State, became popular when she made an outlandish claim that a mysterious snake swallowed about N35million cash arising from sale of e-JAMB cards in the state.

“The controversial JAMB official is being prosecuted by the EFCC on an eight-count charge, following her refusal to furnish the management of JAMB the true information on the financial status of JAMB e-cards supplied to the Benue Zonal office between 2014 and 2016.

“Instead of Philomena rendering account on the said N35million, being the shortfall of unremitted e-JAMB cards in connivance with other officials, she claimed that a mysterious snake swallowed the money,” part of the brief said.

The commission said the alleged crime was contrary to section 139 (a) of the Penal Code Law.


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