It was drama on Tuesday at the offices of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), at Bwari, Abuja as Senator Shehu Sani, stormed the office with anti-snake venom and snake charmers.
This is coming on the heels of a claim by a staff of the board that a snake swallowed 36 million of JAMB’s money.
“The reason for my presence here is in response to the story that a snake swallowed about N36 million. It is my concern that such a huge amount of money is reported to have been swallowed by a snake. I believe the contribution I can make is to bring snake charmers from my constituency to the JAMB office to help them fish out the snake or weed out snakes from their premises,” Sani said.
“If a snake can actually swallow N36 million one day we may wake up in this country to see that a snake has swallowed our foreign reserve or it has swallowed money that was gathered in the TSA,” the senator representing Kaduna Central added.
JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, was on hand to receive the senator and found the gesture hilarious.
Already, JAMB said it suspended the staff, Philomena Chieshe, at its Makurdi office following the absurd claim.
JAMB spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, said the board is dealing with more frivolous stories like Ms. Chieshe’s.
“There was even a case in Nasarawa when a staff claimed that on his way to come and submit the scratch card, he had an accident and the car got burnt with the scratch cards,” he said.
“The cards have numbers and when we checked we found out that those cards were used. There was another staff that said his signature was forged. He agreed that it was his signature but he wasn’t the one that signed and did not collect the scratch cards. We have many issues like that but all of them have been queried, they appeared before the disciplinary committee, they were interrogated. A report has been written. Once that report has been approved, we will be commended for their dismissal and prosecution.”