Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, February 19, 2018

My snake ate it

At times the claims of Nigerian spammers who want help claiming millions of dollars in strange bank accounts are bizarre. What are we to make of the claims of a government official who claimed that a snake ate millions of Naira inside a safe.

JAMB Reacts to 'Money-Swallowing Snake' Report
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has reacted to a bizarre report trending of a snake swallowing N36 million from the vault of one of its state branches.

The board said the case was that of pure criminality and fraud on the part of one of its staff…

According to a report in Sun news online, a mystery snake was said to have sneaked into the accounts office of the Board in Makurdi and 'stolen' N36 million cash…

"A sales clerk, Philomina Chieshe, told JAMB registrar and his team that she could not account for N36 million… In the course of interrogation, Philomena denied the allegations that she stole the money but confessed that her housemaid connived with another JAMB staff… to "spiritually" (through a snake) steal the money from the vault in the account office", the report said…

The spokesperson of the board, Fabian Benjamin said… investigation was ongoing to determine the kind of punishment that will be given to the suspect(s) involved.

"There are procedures in the civil service so the whole thing is still under investigation. She was queried, she appeared before disciplinary committee, although she confessed that money was missing and a snake swallowed it….

"Of course, the management did not believe the story. She is just trying to put an excuse forward. These are things the registrar is trying to unravel to put the board on the right footing…

Apparently reacting to the bizarre report, the anti graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on its official twitter page @officialEFCC jocularly said: "an eagle(EFCC) shows no mercy for money-swallowing snake(s)."…

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