Another JAMB staff in Nasarawa allegedly steals N23m, gives 'suspicious' defence

Another JAMB staff in Nasarawa allegedly steals N23m, gives 'suspicious' defence

- Labaran Tanko, a JAMB staff in Nasarawa has said that his car got burnt and in the process scratch cards of N23 million were destroyed

- After a crucial investigation of the development, the board discovered that the cards which reportedly got burnt alongside Tanko’s car were already used by students in the state for registration

- The board said the suspect would be handed over to the police after investigations on the development has been concluded

Just after the strange report that a snake ‘swallowed’ about N36 million from the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB)'s vault in Benue state, another state coordinator of the board in Nasarawa state has given a strange story to defend an alleged fraud.

A JAMB staff, Labaran Tanko, said his car got burnt and in the process scratch cards worth N23 million were destroyed in the inferno, Premium Times reports.

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Not satisfied with Tanko defence, the board, reacting through its registrar, dismissed it. Recently, a JAMB sales clerk, Philomina Chieshe, told the board's registrar and his team who conducted investigative 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.

During the interrogation, Chieshe confessed that her housemaid connived with another JAMB staff, Joan Asen, to steal the money from the vault.

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

It said this was easy to find out through simple checks done by its officials. However, Tanko, who made this confession at a session where suspects of fraud and were interrogated by senior officials of the board, stood by his claim.

Tanko said: “I thank God that I am alive today. 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.”

Before Oloyede took over as registrar, JAMB candidates usually purchased scratch 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, new reforms introduced by Oloyede, when he assumed office in 2016, ended the use of scratch cards, and replaced it with more efficient platforms. The board also gave reasons why Tanko's claims are suspicious.

The registrar said: “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.”

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He also said the suspect, just like the lady indicted in Benue, would be handed over to the police once the board has finished its investigations on the case.

Oloyede said: “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."

Meanwhile, reported that staff of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), were on Tuesday, February 13, baffled upon seeing Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna central, at their office with anti-snake venom and snake charmers, a day after a staff claimed a missing N36 million was swallowed by a snake.

Ishaq Oloyede, JAMB's registrar, went into rounds of laughter when the lawmaker presented him with two packs of anti-snake venom and offered the services of two snake charmers to locate and identify the reptile.

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