Following viral reports of a money swallowing snake which sent the social media into frenzy, a Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board clerk, identified as Philomena Chiesche, has denied the allegations, saying the exam board invented the story about the snake.
JAMB had earlier alleged that the clerk in their Benue State office has blamed a snake for swallowing the sum of N36million. The clerk has however mentioned that she never said that.
She also accused the exam board of turning her in to authorities, claiming she still haven’t been questioned about the missing funds.
Philomena insisted that she is just a clerk serving under senior officers and she is simply being used as a scape goat.
“I did not say any money was swallowed by a snake. Nobody questioned me about that case. I am just a clerk and I serve under directors who are accounting officers. I wonder why they are personalizing the case?”
The missing money was supposed to be remitted to the agency.
Spokesman of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Fabian Benjamin who spoke with CNN had insisted that a staff member confessed to auditors that a snake had “swallowed” the missing money.
“She confessed that she had the money, kept it in a vault in the office but a mysterious snake came and swallowed the money. The staff and others in her category that are found culpable have been suspended and will be handed over to appropriate authorities,” he added.
The story sent the internet on fire and Nigerians did not spare them as they blamed it on corruption which has eaten deep into the fabric of the state.
Meanwhile, a Twitter account was even opened for the snake and it has since gone viral.
The country’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, has even come out to say there will be no hiding place and mercy for any money-wallowing snake.