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JAMB officials hide under accident claims, snakes, other bogus lies to cover up for missing funds

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The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) came under intense scrutiny after the current Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede remitted some N5 billion to the Federal Government.

The educational board has had records of remitting a few million into the federation account until Oloyede assumed office.

However, officials of the board in various states where the accounts were not balance, have been giving various hilarious lies to explain away the missing funds.

Philomena Chise, an official from Benue, took the front seat with her claim that a mysterious snake came into her office and swallowed N36 million.

Other major suspects being investigated include  Sale Umar (Benue); Labaran Tanko (Nasarawa);  Daniel Agbo (Kogi), Yakubu Jekada (Plateau),  Patricia Ogunsola and  Cyril Izireim Imoukhuede (Edo); Murtala Abdul (Gombe); and  Aliyu Yakubu (Kano).

The EFCC report on the case reveals that,  “In Benue,  out of the expected revenue of N124, 180,00 from e-facility cards,  only N88,700,000  was remitted leaving a balance of N35.48million.

The JAMB office in the state also received 10,210 change of course cards and instead of remitting N8, 025,000, about N7million was paid into the designated account. About N1,025,000 is missing till date.

Herald Nigeria learnt that the ‘snake’“ official, Chise, eventually confessed to EFCC official that the unremitted N36 million was used as an I-Owe-You advance to cash-strapped staff, and that they are yet to refund same.

Also, employees in Yobe State claimed to have  “lost sales records because of attacks on Damaturu by Boko Haram.”

“An officer in Kano, in his efforts to cover up for 20,000 unaccounted cards worth N20million, cut carbon papers in the form of e-facility cards and returned these cards as unused.”

Again in Nasarawa, an officer claimed to have lost over N24,037,000 cards in a road crash.

According to the EFCC case document, “Investigation revealed that Mr. Labaran Tanko was the JAMB State Coordinator of Lafia Office, Nasarawa State between 2011 and 2016.

“Investigation revealed that within the period of his tenure, Nasarawa State Office revealed a total of 24,882 e-facility cards out of which 24,037 were unsold while 845 were sold at the rate of N1,000 each. The expected revenue was N845,000 realized  and remitted to JAMB.

“However he claimed that the remaining 23,147 cards got burnt in an accident he had along Lafia-Akwanga Expressway while 890 cards were missing.

“Meanwhile, contrary to his submission, forensic evidence obtained from the IT Unit of JAMB showed that the cards were sold and utilized by candidates within Nasarawa State and its environs.

“This forensic evidence showed the name, phone number and purpose for which the cards were used. The expected revenue from  the claimed burnt/missing cards was N24,037,000. The revenue from the cards, which were actually sold and utilized based on forensic evidence, was never remitted to JAMB.

“Also investigation revealed that 2,000 CBT cards were supplied to Nasarawa State Office which were never sold. Rather,  the State Coordinator claimed that  the said 2,000 CBT cards were among the cards that got burnt in  road accident along Lafia-Akwanga Expressway.

Contrary to the claim, investigation recovered forensic evidence which showed that the cards were actually not burnt but utilized by candidates within Nasarawa State and its environs. This forensic evidence further revealed the details of candidates hat used the cards, such as name, phone number and purpose for which the cards were used.

“Further investigation revealed that 4, 589 change of course cards were supplied to Nasarawa State Office of which they sold 1,426 at the rate of N2,500 each while 3, 163 cards were unused and same was remitted to JAMB.  However, the State Coordinator claimed that the remaining 3,163 cards got burnt in the same road accident.  Forensic evidence, however, proved otherwise.”

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