Timothy Adegbola (GVS), Lagos State – A new story line of the viral story of a snake swallowing N36 million at Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) office in Benue State was told today as the sales clerk fingered in the incident, Philomena Chiesche, said that JAMB only concocted the snake story to cover up for the disappearance of the money.
Philomena, during an interview conducted by Cable News Network (CNN), said she was never interrogated about the missing fund and never said that the money was swallowed by a snake.
According to her, JAMB only invented the story of a mystery snake said to have sneaked into the accounts office of the Board in Makurdi and swallow N36 million cash.
She said, “I did not say any money was swallowed by a snake. Nobody questioned me about that case. I am just a clerk and I serve under directors who are accounting officers. I wonder why they are personalizing the case”.
It would be recalled that spokesperson of JAMB, Fabian Benjamin was reported to have said that there was indeed a case of fraud and criminality at its Benue state office, hence ordered that the sale of scratch cards be stopped to curb corruption.
The earlier report was that Philomena 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.
Philomena was then said to have denied the allegations that she stole the money but confessed that her housemaid connived with another JAMB staff, Joan Asen, to “spiritually” (through a snake) steal the money from the vault in the accounting office”.
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