The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has described the news of a snake swallowing a whooping sum of 36 Million Naira from the office of the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) as a huge joke and says that this has further solidified the party’s position on the looting business on-going in government.
Reports have it that “A sales clerk, Philomina Chieshe, told JAMB registrar and his team that she could not account for N36 million she made in previous years before the abolition of scratch cards. In the course of interrogation, Philomena denied the allegations that she stole the money but confessed that her housemaid connived with another JAMB staff, Joan Asen, to “spiritually” (through a snake) steal the money from the vault in the account office”
The Party in a statement issued by the ADP Lagos State Publicity Secretary, Prince Adelaja Adeoye, said that the news stating that a mystery snake sneaked into the accounts office of JAMB in Makurdi, the Benue State capital and made away with 36 million naira cash is preposterous and this has further exposed to all Nigerians how corruption is thriving in a Buhari govt that claims to be fighting it.
ADP said, officials in ministries, department and agencies in the government have devised means of stealing in millions since top officials have continually gone scot free whenever their corruption cases are exposed. The party said that grand looting has become a norm under the current administration.
The party also strongly, condemned the increment of tolls in Lagos along the Lekki-Epe Expressway and the Ikoyi link bridge, saying that Lagosians have had enough of the daylight robbery by the APC led government in the state. The party said that APC is pushing Lagosians and Nigerians to the limit and the assumption that Nigerians cannot act will give them a shocker in 2019.
ADP, however calls on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to look into toll charges and immediately reverse the increment because it is wrong for the Lagos state government to give backing to a private Lekki Concession Company to exploit Lagosians.
The party said that it has come to stay in the state and the opaque nature of governance run in Lagos state since 1999 will be exposed while in the same vein urging Lagosians to join ADP which is poised to deliver governance to ever expanding population of Lagos. The party enjoins all Nigerians to obtain their PVCs because that is their power to bring about real change come 2019.
However the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB reacting to the report in a statement by its spokesperson, Franklin Benjamin on Monday said it was a pure case of criminality and fraud by one of its Staff.
Franklin Benjamin said: “It is natural for the office to account for what they have after the sale of scratch cards has been stopped and we discovered that lots of money was missing in Markurdi and other offices,”
“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. Unfortunately, she is calling one Joan’s name which did not appear in the investigation at all. Joan only recommended a house help for her,” he said.
“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. We had a case where one of the staff said he had an accident on his way and the scratch cards got burnt but only for us to discover that they were used because they all had serial numbers,” he said.