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FACT CHECK: Did JAMB Claim A Snake Swallowed N36m?

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Since the result manipulation allegation against Mmesoma Ejikeme came to limelight, some Nigerians have consistently bashed the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB), the body that indicted the candidate, an Anambra pupil who claimed to be the top scorer for the 2023 UTME.

There have been various back and forth between the pupil and the board within the last 48 hours.

One of the major topics raised to taint the examination board was that it claimed that a mysterious snake swallowed N36 million of the revenue it generated in 2018.

However, a quick check by AN24 showed that the examination body did not at any point claim that a snake swallowed money in any of its offices. In reality, JAMB authorities exposed a serious theft that was going on in its Markudi office, Benue State capital.

Before JAMB registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, put an end to the use of scratch cards, candidates purchased the cards from JAMB state offices and other designated centres to gain access to the Board’s website for either registration or to check their admission status.

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However, in February 2018, a team of auditors was 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.

The suspect said a mystery snake sneaked into the account office of the Board in Makurdi and stole N36 million cash.

Chieshe was later arraigned before Justice Peter Afen of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Abuja alongside five others: Samuel Umoru, Yakubu Jekada, Daniel Agbo, Priscilla Ogunsola, and Aliyu Yakubu.

Conclusively, JAMB authority did not at any point claim they could not account for the missing money reportedly stolen by a snake, instead, the leadership of JAMB exposed the fraud going on in its Makurdi office. Against the narrative paraded online, Oloyede and his team are the heroes of the incident and not the villain.

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