The Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Senator Shehu Sani yesterday stormed the headquarters of the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) with snake charmers.
Sani’s visit followed a reported case of missing N36 million from the JAMB office in Makurdi, Benue state which was alleged to have been swallowed by a spiritual snake.
Mrs Philomena Chieshe, a sales clerk in the Makurdi JAMB office,who is accused to have diverted N36 Million from the public vault, is suspended.
Yesterday, Sani explained that his visit to JAMB was borne out of his response to the report that a snake has swallowed N36 million, saying it is unimaginable that such a huge sum of money would be swallowed by a snake.
He explained that he brought snake charmers to chase out the reptiles. Also, he presented cartons of snake expellant to the agency.
His words: “I believe that the contribution I can make is to bring snake charmers from my constituency to the JAMB office and to help them fish out the snake and weed out snakes from their premises.”
Sani further said that if a snake could actually swallow N36 million naira, one day Nigerians may wake up to say that a snake had swallowed the country’s foreign reserve.
“Or it has swallowed the whole money that had gathered in the Treasury Single Account (TSA). And I believe that my contribution to JAMB will help them fish out snakes within the office.
“Even if it is a spiritual matter, we believe that these people I brought, they are some of the best snake charmers in the country and they will help in arresting both physical and spiritual snakes if there has been any in the JAMB office,” Sani stated.
“We are very proud of him. We believe he is someone who should continue to man this agency and he is acting in the right direction.
“But it is good for Nigerians to know this is what has been happening before he came into office. I believe the best thing we can do is to continue to support him.
“People should understand the story which is very clear and if that is the case, if people, civil servants could have used the opportunity to have been in office to enrich themselves using snake stories.
“It is high time for all Nigerians to know that there may be even dirty things happening in other places but this place has exposed it for us to see the truth and I’m very much happy about that.
“We will continue to support him. And as far as we are concerned the story that public funds could be taken away by some people in the name of snake, it is virtually unacceptable,”Sani stated.
In his response, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede represented by the
spokesperson of the agency, Mr Fabian Benjamin explained that on assumption of duty, the present registrar discovered that there were a lot of loopholes in the sale of scratch cards and decided to investigate which has led to the recent discovery.
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