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Government Official Faces Trial After Claiming Sh10m was ‘Eaten’ By a Snake

Nigeria’s anti-graft body, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today started legal processes against a government official who claimed snakes had eaten funds.

EFCC said Philomina Chieshe and five others had been found complicit over the issue hence their arraignment before a High Court judge in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Philomina, an accounts clerk with the state-run exams body, claimed in February 2018 that a snake had “spiritually” made away with 36 million naira cash ($100,000 plus).

The missing funds belong to the country’s Joints Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), a state agency responsible for the registration of admissions for people seeking to enter the various universities. JAMB has since suspended the clerk and vowed to unravel the mystery.

The incident took place at the JAMB offices in Makurdi, capital of Benue State where the clerk in answering audit queries said her housemaid and a fellow employee had confessed to ‘spiritually’ stealing the monies she kept in an office vault.

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The Accused

Auditors from the capital Abuja had been sent to take inventory of funds accrued over the sale of scratch cards to students hoping to gain access to JAMB’s website to register or check on the status of their admissions. The audit came up after reforms by the current registrar struck out use of the cards.


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