The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) confirmed the interrogation of JAMB official. Philomin Chieshe, who claimed that N36 million scratch ticket sales were swallowed by a mysterious snake. She was grilled with her coordinator, Mr Samuel Umoru, at the office of JAMB in Makurdi.

Chieshe, who works as a clerk in the office of JAMB Markurdi in the state of Benue. Who said that a “mysterious snake” swallowed the money collected from the sale of scratch cards JAMB has confessed. When she appeared before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), she admitted that one Samuel Umoru, her superior collected the money.

EFCC also nabbed JAMB officials in Nasarawa, Tanko Labaran, who could not account for N23 million scratch cards and Yakuba Jakad. Also, who continues to explain where the N20 million e-cards are sold in Kano’s office.

According to the Nation Newspaper, EFCC has interrogated Chieshe several times after her the ridiculous statement since February.

“The interesting aspect of the disclosure is that Chieshe’s statement (on snake swallowing the money) was obtained long before the snake and naira swallowing testimony became public knowledge,”  an EFCC official was quoted as saying.

“In all her statements before the EFCC, there was no mention of any episode of any snake and the disappearance of monies in her care.”

“In a fact-sheet regarding the investigations, Chieshe was quoted to have said her superior — the coordinator at the Markurdi office — had asked her to withdraw the N36 million.”

According to the newspaper, the fact-sheet indicated that Chieshe was first quizzed on February 16, 2017. She made additional statements on April 7 and 13 2017, May 30, 2017, and June 28, 2017.

The document said: “Philomina Chieshe, the lady in the eye of the Naira eating snake storm in JAMB, has been singing before the EFCC. And, contrary to her claim before the leadership of the examination body that the N36 million proceeds from the sale of scratch cards were eaten up by a snake. Chieshe told operatives of the anti-graft agency that the money was collected piecemeal from her by her coordinator, Mr Samuel Umoru.

“In one of the statements she volunteered to the EFCC. Chieshe, who is a clerk in the Makurdi office of JAMB, revealed that the Coordinator usually asked her to withdraw proceeds of the sale of the Scratch Cards from her account in two new generation banks.

“This money I withdrew, the coordinator used it for the office and some time for himself.

“She also claimed that Umoru was in the habit of drawing IOU from the proceeds of the sale of the cards without reimbursing her.

“She claimed that she had been warning Umoru that it was improper to use the money for miscellaneous expenses in the office or private purposes, but he would not listen.

“Some of the withdrawals which she claimed were at the behest of the coordinator included the N340,000 withdrawn on May 5 and 26, 2014 with ATM card. She also disclosed that she used her ATM card to withdraw N120,000 for the coordinator between June 17 and 18, 2014.”

The document quoted her as saying: “He instructed me to withdraw N640,000, using my card between June 30, 2014, and July 7, 201.”

An EFCC source confirmed that “the investigating team had verified the withdrawals after a careful analysis of the statements of account of the suspect. Mr. Umoru had also been arrested and questioned about claims by Chieshe.

”Umoru did not deny the allegations. He was however released on administrative bail but had been reporting monthly to the anti-graft agency.

“The interesting aspect of the disclosure is that Chieshe’s statement was obtained long before the snake and Naira swallowing testimony became public knowledge.  In all her statements before the EFCC, there was no mention of any episode of any snake and the disappearance of monies in her care.”

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