EFCC to Arraign Jamb Official over Claim that Snake Swallowed N35m


Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it would arraign the controversial official of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Philomina Chieshe, who claimed that the missing N35 million JAMB proceeds in her custody was swallowed by a snake in Makurdi, Benue State office of the examination body.

EFCC said she would be arraigned with other suspects today.

The commission said in a statement that Chieshe would be arraigned alongside five others – Samuel Umoru, Yakubu Jekada, Daniel Agbo, Priscilla Ogunsola, and Aliyu Yakubu before Justice Peter Afen of a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, Abuja.

Chieshe had claimed that a mysterious snake swallowed about N35million cash arising from sale of e-JAMB cards in the state.

The controversial JAMB official is being prosecuted by the EFCC on an eight-count charge, following her refusal to furnish the management of JAMB the true information on the financial status of JAMB e-cards supplied to the Benue Zonal office between 2014 and 2016.

Chieshe’s action is said to be contrary to Section 139 (a) of the Penal Code Law.