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N8bn fraud: EFCC goes after JAMB officials

N8bn fraud: EFCC goes after JAMB officials

- The EFCC is investigating JAMB officials over N8 billion scam

- It was learnt that examination body did not remit revenues in excess of N8 billion to the federal government between 2010 and 2015

- The anti-graft agency is also set to prosecute some JAMB officials already indicted in the investigation around the loss of revenues from sale of scratch cards

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is investigating some senior staff of the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board for alleged fraud.

Daily Trust reports that top EFCC sources hinted that the examination body failed to remit revenues in excess of N8 billion to the federal government between 2010 and 2015. The amount includes unremitted Value Added Tax and Withholding Tax.

The investigation follows the remittance of N7.8 billion to the federal government by JAMB led by Professor Ishaq Oloyede. The government is working on the suspicion that the previous management had defrauded in revenue remittance and ordered a forensic audit of the accounts of JAMB from 2010 to 2015.

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Sources said the report of the panel set up to probe JAMB was turned in some months ago and subsequently forwarded to the EFCC by the minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, for investigation.

Consequently, the commission set up a panel to review the report and take further steps to bring those indicted to book.

An EFCC source said: “We are looking at a number of accounts with suspicious inflows and outflows. From the detailed analyses of the accounts, we have identified a few officers that would help our investigations because funds have been traced to their accounts. Very soon, we will be inviting them for questioning. Among the officers that we may invite are a serving director and a retired director of the examination body.”

The Punch reports that the source also revealed that the anti-graft agency was set to prosecute some officials of JAMB already indicted in the investigation around the loss of revenues from sale of scratch cards by some of the state offices of the examination body.

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Among those to be arraigned soon is Philomina Chieshe, clerk at the Benue office, who reportedly claimed that a snake swallowed N36 million gotten from sale of scratch cards had been swallowed by a mysterious snake.

Legit.ng had reported that a number of officials of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) found culpable in the misappropriation of public funds in their care will most likely be sacked from their jobs.

Following an internal audit, it was discovered that in several state offices, millions of naira generated from the sale of scratch cards to candidates who sat for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) could not be accounted for.

The sum of N1.3 million is reportedly missing at the Ondo office; N31 million is missing at the Edo office, while auditors have been unable to trace the whereabouts of N7 million in Kogi state. In Nasarawa state, N23 million was discovered missing; while officials allegedly mismanaged N16 million in Plateau state. In Gombe state, N10.2 million is still unaccounted for, N20 million is missing in the Kano office, and in the Yobe office, N613,000 has been confirmed missing.

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