File photo used for illustrative purposeThe mystery snake was said to have sneaked into the
But the reforms introduced by JAMB registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, when he assumed office in 2016, recommended an end to the use of scratch cards, replacing it with more efficient and effective platforms.
To streamline its operations, Saturday Sun learnt, a team of auditors was dispatched to different state offices of JAMB to take inventory of the sold and unsold scratch cards and recover whatever money that might have either been generated or mismanaged during the period of the sale of scratch cards.
As they hit the ground running, several incredible discoveries were made in different states visited. But the case of
In the course of interrogation, Philomena denied the allegations that she stole the money.
She said: “I was one of the four sales clerks attached to JAMB office in Makurdi. My responsibility was to sell scratch cards to candidates and not involved in handling the revenues. It was the responsibility of Joan Asen and my other senior colleagues. I only remit money when
“Few months ago, there was issue of fraud in the Makurdi office. Auditors were sent from Abuja to carefully flip the record books of the office, to perhaps, ascertain the current state of affairs.
According to her “It was a mystery to me too. I have been saving the money in the bank, but I found it difficult to account for it. So I started saving it in a vault in the office. But each time I open the vault, I will find nothing. I became worried and surprised how the millions of Naira could be disappearing from the vault. I began to interrogate everybody in the house and office, and no one could agree on what might have happened to the money. I continued to press until my housemaid confessed. She said that the money disappeared “spiritually”. She said that a “mysterious snake” sneaked into the house and swallowed the money in the vault.”
Prof Oloyede is not only battling with fraud within his
“In some cases, the criminals have attempted to break into our Virtual Private Network (VPN) in order to give access to unauthorized cybercafés and malicious persons for some fees thereby distorting our planning and data management and also putting the candidates’ registration in limbo. There is no doubt that our strict monitoring, vigilance and sophisticated technology are exposing
“It is our conviction that weak enforcement regime for such breaches of registration requirements, rules and procedures is in part responsible for many challenges associated with identification of candidates during examination in the past. We have set the tone and framework for combating all irregularities with respect to our process of registration emboldened with the knowledge that a failed or badly regulated registration exercise could open a floodgate of examination malpractice.
“Through our monitoring exercise, we have been able to break the backbone of illegal registration syndicates across the nation. Our investigation in the last two weeks is very revealing and rewarding. Security agencies have made several arrests of persons involved in