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JAMB Officials Remanded Over N36m ‘Swallowed By Snake’

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Justice Peter Afen of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court yesterday ordered three officials of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to be remanded in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over missing N36million of the agency allegedly swallowed by a mystery snake.

The accused are Yakubu Jekada, Samuel Sale Umoru, and Philomina Chieshe. They were arraigned before the judge following their claims that the money from the proceeds of the sale of e-facility cards entrusted to them was swallowed by a snake.

When the eight-count charge preferred against them was read to them in the court, the defendants pleaded not guilty.

Jekada also pleaded not guilty to the four-count charge filed against him by the EFCC.

The court could not take a separate four-count charge against another suspect but related to the matter because the time was fast spent.

The prosecution counsel Ekene Iheanacho purged the court to grant a short adjournment to enable him call his witnesses.

Justice Afem said that since they are three separate charges and the court had dealt with two of them, he would adjourn till Monday to take the remaining one. He, therefore, adjourned the matter till June 3 and ordered Umoru and Chieshe to be remanded in EFCC custody.

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