Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Another JAMB Staff 'Steals' N23 Million, Gives Strange Defence

Mr. Labaran Tanko
|14 February 2018 | 

Nigerians who are yet to recover from the shock of the “money swallowing snake” have been faced with another “Pit of Hell” lie from the same Joint Admission and Matriculation as another JAMB staff named Labaran Tanko, has come out to say that scratch cards worth N23 million got burnt in his car.

 However, not impressed, as in the case of the Benue saga, the board, reacting through its registrar, dismissed Mr. Tanko’s claims.

Recall that a few days ago, a JAMB sales clerk, Philomina Chieshe, had told JAMB registrar and his team who conducted on fact-finding sessions on alleged fraud at the Board, that she could not account for N36 million she made in previous years before the abolition of scratch cards by the organisation.

In the course of interrogation, Ms. Chieshe confessed that her housemaid ”connived with another JAMB staff, Joan Asen, to “spiritually” steal (through a snake) the money from the vault in the accounts office.

In the case of Mr. Tanko, the board said after a thorough investigation, it discovered that the cards which reportedly burnt alongside Mr. Tanko’s car were used by students in Nassarawa state to register.

It said this was easy to discover through simple checks done by its officials.
Mr. Tanko, who made this confession at a session where suspects of fraud and criminality were interrogated by top officials of the board, including Registrar Ishaq Oloyede, however, stood by his claim.

“I thank God that I am alive today,” Mr. Tanko told the panel. “I had an accident on July 3rd, 2016. I was not the one that packed the cards because I was rushed to the hospital, and they came to pack the burnt scratch cards to the office but it could not be counted. I have the serial numbers of the cards.”

The board also gave reasons why Mr. Tanko’s defense was untenable.
“Every (member of ) staff who has scratch cards in their possession must have the serial numbers. We found out that the cards you claimed got burnt were used despite the police report you presented to us and for JAMB, that is N23 million of government money,” the registrar said during the session.

He also said the suspect, just like the lady indicted in Benue would be handed over to the police once the board has concluded its own in-house investigations.
“Those that we want to transfer have been transferred to the (board) headquarters until they account for the missing funds. But those we believe are ‘beyond us’ will be handed to the police immediately,” Mr. Oloyede said.

Source: PremiumTimes