Another JAMB official ‘steals’ N23 million, gives strange defence

Labaran Tanko

A few days after the bizarre report that a snake ‘swallowed’ about N36 million from the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board’s vault in Benue State, another state co-ordinator of the board in Nassarawa state has come up with a rather strange story to back an alleged fraud.

This time, JAMB staffer, Labaran Tanko, said his car got burnt and in the process scratch cards worth N23 million were destroyed in the inferno.

However, not impressed, as in the case of the Benue saga, the board, reacting through its registrar, dismissed Mr. Tanko’s claims.

Few days ago, a JAMB sales clerk, Philomina Chieshe, had told JAMB registrar and his team who conducted fact-finding sessions on alleged fraud at the Board, that she could not account for N36 million she made in previous years before the abolition of scratch cards by the organisation.

In the course of interrogation, Ms. Chieshe confessed that her housemaid ”connived with another JAMB staff, Joan Asen, to “spiritually” steal (through a snake) the money from the vault in the accounts office.

In the case of Mr. Tanko, the board said after a thorough investigation, it discovered that the cards which reportedly burnt alongside Mr. Tanko’s car were used by students in Nassarawa state to register.

It said this was easy to discover through simple checks done by its officials.

Mr. Tanko, who made this confession at a session where suspects of fraud and criminality were interrogated by top officials of the board, including Registrar Ishaq Oloyede, however stood by his claim.

“I thank God that I am alive today,” Mr Tanko told the panel. “I had an accident on July 3rd 2016. I was not the one that packed the cards because I was rushed to the hospital, and they came to pack the burnt scratch cards to the office but it could not be counted. I have the serial numbers of the cards.”

Until Mr. Oloyede’s took over as registrar, JAMB candidates usually purchased scratch cards from JAMB state offices and other designated centres to gain access to the board’s website for either registration or to check their admission status.

However, new reforms introduced by Mr. Oloyede, when he assumed office in 2016, ended the use of scratch cards, replacing it with a more efficient and effective platforms.

The board also gave reasons why Mr. Tanko’s defence was untenable.

“Every (member of ) staff who has scratch cards in their possession must have the serial numbers. We found out that the cards you claimed got burnt were used despite the police report you presented to us and for JAMB, that is N23 million of government money,” the registrar said during the session.

He also said the suspect, just like the lady indicted in Benue, would be handed over to the police once the board concludes its in-house investigations.

“Those that we want to transfer have been transferred to the (board) headquarters until they account for the missing funds. But those we believe are ‘beyond us’ will be handed to the police immediately,” Mr Oloyede said.

In a separate reaction when PREMIUM TIMES approached the spokesman of the board, Fabian Benjamin, he outlined steps taken by the board on the matter.

“All the suspects have been suspended by the board. In Tanko’s case, the committee has already written a report which the management have sent to the (Education) ministry. Once it is approved, it will be done,” Mr. Benjamin said.

He also said the board will monitor with careful scrutiny how staff entrusted with sensitive responsibilities handle government funds henceforth.

“The fight against corruption by the board was given a boost by the recent visit by the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu. Given the kind of commendation by Magu and the confidence reposed in the management of the Oloyede-led board, we would have no option than to continue to do more,” Mr Benjamin said.


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  • oyoko

    what is happening, why has honesty left us and give room to dishonesty in our land, why is it difficult to meet a honest person on the street of Nigeria, why! why!! why!!! the painful aspect of all this is that they steal this money to buy what they don’t need; they build big mansions that they need extra money to maintain, They buy expensive cars, when they only want a car to move them from one point to another, they marry many wives, give birth to many children they don’t train, but release them to the society to become nuisance. Most useless of all, they mess up our little girls giving them fabulous cash, buy them cars, and making them believe that life is easy. Prevent them from learning and getting cheap scores. One would have expected them to build industries that will take care of the society, But why will they do that when their minds are corrupt; truly, the saying that “corrupt mind breeds corruption” is truly true. Again, i say, thank you God for giving us Buhari, we are going there gradually!

    • Fada4Life

      Most of all those civil servant see and know how those opportunist politicians were looting so the dubious ones joined, now it is payback period…….

      • Julius

        Yes oo especially when they are the ones moving the fake documents and loading the loot in their ogas cars.

      • Citizen

        No politician will steal without the connivance of civil servants. Corruption is made possible in almost all aspects of our national life because our civil service founded on corruption. Correct the ills in the civil service and the police then Nigeria will be rid of corruption.

        • Olusola

          That is why some of us are against Nepotism because if I have no certificate and you offered me the job; I would do anything you asked me so I can keep my unmerited job. Those who don’t understand called us names because they ignorantly refused to know that stealing money is lesser of corruption compared to NEPOTISM.

          • niran ade

            True especially buying choice properties everywhere and my mom who’s a fish dealer left an account of about $15 million that I’m even praying the court to give later dates to bargain with the EFCC

    • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

      there are honest Nigerians and we are the tech inventors, we all build technology, we dont womanise, club, we dont gossip, we dont solicit prostitution, we believe in contributing to human advancement and development and to end hunger and suffering. mostly, we long to have our names remembered in history for good deeds like newton, Einstein, Socrates, Neil Papworth, Tim Berners-lee whilst making legitimate money along the way

  • Uzoma John

    If those civil servants who saw about 30million in their lives have decided to covert the monies, you can imagine how much the politicians who are heating up the polity are stealing. The reason they want PMB dead is because he is tightening the noose on them. Corruption is a way of life in Nigeria no wonder all the unprintable names on PMB.

    • So oju abe niko

      Please don’t bring PMB in this. He is corruption personified. We accused Shagari of being corrupt on account of being too weak to dismiss corrupt people around him. PMB has the strength of character to dismiss anyone found wanting, but he just couldn’t see corruption in his nepotistic appointees. Prof Oloyede just happen to be an exceptional character, and he does not owe that to PMB. He has always been a man who walks his talks, unlike the pretentious PMB

      • Sam

        You know and even your crooked fingers testify that you are not sincere to Buhari , that is why you and the merchants of chaos are using this heardsmen issue to create a molehill .

        • Chidex Izu

          A true corruption fighter does not turn the other eye when it is your person involved.
          The issue of herdsmen killing, burning and sacking villages and farm settlers is an act of terror and should be treated as such. No favoritism

      • john

        Pretentious ????. And he appointed a man that’s going around making these looting discoveries . If his name was abubakar , you would have complained about nepotism. You went silent reading the name Oloyede.
        Just admit that you miss your god Jonathan.

        • share Idea

          Please can you read story about E-Wallet under GEJ to understand what tackling corruption scientific way means and stop allowing this propaganda administration to houndwink you.

          • john

            It was you Jonathan hoodwinked with deceptive measures aimed at fighting corruption. Yet his actions and the results we have seen manifest today clearly showed it amounted to nothing as funds still found their way into hard body wallets .

          • share Idea

            Jonathan as an educated person have never claimed to have eradicated corruption rather he was consistent that the best way to tackle corruption in a society like ours with weak institutions is by implementing scientific ways thus limiting access to the till, and where someone succeeds in making way with some funds illegally, the electronic audit trail would reveal such and system would take care of the person.

            Hence, so many scientific ways were either consolidated or initiated by him.

          • john

            Yes like the scientific scratch cards used by GSM companies, but yet created an avenue for jamb officers to steal N36m . That scientific method of scratch cards has been scrapped by the buhari led administration.

          • niran ade

            While reading the e-wallet story I stumbled upon some names; Diezani, FFK, Obanikoro, Dame Peace, Tompolo, Edwin Clark, Oritsejafor, Azibaola, AONDOAKAA, Adoke, David Mark, etc. what happened to them

          • share Idea

            I do not understand what these names you mentioned had to do with E-Wallet.

            Please be specific and I can answer you.

        • So oju abe niko

          Never been for Jonathan. Introducing the character is a distraction. I am not a member of your partisan crowd. Oloyede is a friend of over 50 years, hence my comment on him. For every one of Oloyede, there are at least 2 other unsavoury characters in government. Now it is not possible for Buhari or anyone to know all appointees personally. We really cannot blame a government 100% for appointing unsuitable personalities. However, the government rightly gets the blame when it refuses to fire those characters. The malodorous kitchen cabinet of PMB should have been gone a long time ago, but he apparently sees nothing wrong with the members. The character in NIH who is under investigation shouldn’t have been recalled until the investigation is successfully concluded – the fellow was still being quizzed by the EFCC, but the presidency essentially gave him a clean bill of health and stopped the investigations by recalling him.. It doesn’t appear that PMB is in control, yet he is sitting tight while some characters continue to make questionable decisions in his name. If PMB is replaced today with a younger competent fellow (like even the detestable El-Rufai), APC will still win hands down, considering the extensive damage to the PDP brand. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that he is going to go, and in the absence of a third viable party, APC will still win by default. Clowns like you who refuse to see beyond your partisan nose will then wake up to realize the monumental disaster you have wrought with that 2nd term. Here is a guy who is hardly coping in the first term, with the majority the presidency decisions being made by unseen and unelected characters. In the 2nd term, possibly over 90% of the decisions would be made by those unknown characters.

          • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

            simple, he (PMB) is incompetent and dumb.

    • Fada4Life

      I just want @ed to read your comments maybe he will learn something meaningful

    • emmanuel

      Buhari is the father of them all. Who introduced rat to Aso Villa? Those who want to steal money? The whole of USA cannot be fumigated; with Sewage clearing to cost N1.9 billion. Meanwhile that was for Presidency alone in 2017. We all know that it would not have cost more than N2 million to complete the job.
      I have concluded over time that you are a perversed soul

      • Uzoma John

        You are a clown

    • share Idea

      If disappearance of 4,500 loaded trucks of fuel under one week in Nigeria is a way to fight corruption without any consequence even when Bermuda Triangle is not close to Nigeria, then, can we stop fighting corruption.

      This administration knew that your type can swallow any story spewed out. Have you not asked yourself, why a government that claimed to have implemented TSA 100% is still reporting millions of naira being kept in the vault?

      • Abdel-Gafar Akinlabi Salaudeen

        Read the news again!It happened in 2016′

        • Nwa_Africa

          Who is the President in 2016?

        • Aminu Hammanyero

          2015

    • Nwa_Africa

      Hahahaha……………This Aboki Awusa will never change……………..Do you still remembered that rat chased Buhari out of his office? Do they told you know how much the rat stole?

      • Uzoma John

        Local champion who can’t see beyond his tribe but still claim Nwa Africa. Shame on you. Nwa Ogwugwu Oge.

  • T-Rex

    Thieves everywhere you enter! Fantastically corrupt people.

  • lambda

    That’s why the hausa fulani want to keep controlling the government so they can keep on stealing. So it turns out majority of the thieves are hausa/fulani, and that’s why Buhari could not fight kwarapshian.

    • Sam

      What are you on about Mr bigot? Is Philomena from Benue now a fulani by tribe ? Twat.

      • Julius

        He is on crack…lolz. See how they are ? You can’t make it up even if you try.

        • Aminu Hammanyero

          There is no use trying!!!

          • Julius

            None whatsoever !

    • Abba Musa Muhammad

      Haha Hausa and Fulani will dominate

      • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

        no the cockroaches, bugs and rats will inherit the earth. there’s a time machine now. am thinking…… wont it be great to travel back in time and kill the founding fathers of all Nigerian and west african tribes? so we are gonna be of one tribe on return to the future. but i will make sure my ancestors and parents meet each other so i will be born. confused?

    • Aminu Hammanyero

      Don’t worry Mister…Son of Oduduwa will be the next president after PMB God willing. Wailing till the end of time!!!

      • Julius

        lolz, that will prolong their whining. Playing the victim cards for at least another 4 years. They love doing that, so trust me, they won’t mind.

  • FreeNigeria

    Una see am say Nigerians are thieves at all level.

    • Olusola

      Even wife steals from husband. No accountability of any kind!

    • Julius

      Yes oo..that’s what some of us have been saying for ever on this thread ! They are from all the 4 corners of the country. Believe me, most of them are friends and their children are marrying to each other. I know some of them.

      • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

        true. Then some people will just support them blindly. These old men from the biafra war/civil war generation from all sides need to be kept away from our politics and governance. mostly anybody from the Nigerian armed and security forces should not be voted into power.

        • Julius

          I’ve said that they should be banned from running for any political office. Make sure their pension is being paid regularly on time.

      • FreeNigeria

        So true, they are planting their evil seeds everywhere

        • Julius

          Yes, that’s their plans and they are following thru !

  • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

    Next its aliens abducting the Ghana must go.

  • Iskacountryman

    holy ghost fire!

  • emmanuel

    Nigeria is in a state of anarchy. There is no government in power, just do what you like and feel good.
    Magu, Malami, Abba Kyari, Kingibe, Mamman Daura, Baru Barawo and Danbazzau are having filed day with Nigeria Treasury

    • Dr. Trust

      Foolish…u can’t deceive everybody all d time bcos we are not all gullible. No wonder deh hate Buhari,bcos under his watch no spiritual snake swallowed money generated from card sales. For over 16years jamb remitted 3m to FG on yearly basis while snake and fire was burning d remaining millions…dat was one of the mistakes we made yesterday;it will never happen again…PDP and deir trained spiritual thieves will never smell seat of power again in dis country.

      • niran ade

        I still don’t get why Nigerians don’t love Nigeria? What is our problem? They hating on this administration because free money is over. Imagine JAMB administrators stealing as much as 8 billion naira annually. We have a new sheriff in town. Buhari has blocked most leakages, no more free money, they cry fowl. They hating! Jobs are now lost because they weren’t operated with legitimate funds and processes. God tarnish them!!! 2023&Beyond

        • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

          free money you all claim has been going round please explain. but are you guys disputing that fact on the corruption cases hanging over this current government like a threatening bank overdraft? be honest with yourself and stop the tribalism and nepotism. Buhari’s government is as corrupt as every other government in Nigeria history. I ask you, what have the innocent Nigerian children done to you that you support Buhari and all those who sit back and watch as women and children are slaughtered daily? because it is not your family members that were slaughtered. if it was you wont be saying good things about an evil analogue dictatorial nepotist old man. rather than say the truth you all collect money from them to come here and give blinded supports. you are all evil people that Lucifer will welcome to hell and God will judge you all.

        • Biafran 1967

          Nigeria’s problem goes beyond Buhari. He’s not the cause of the problems nor is he the solution. There is something strange in the Nigerian mentality at all levels of society. There was corruption before Buhari came to office, there is corruption now and there will be corruption after he leaves office until Nigerians stop reasoning in their extremely weird and strange manner.

      • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

        we hate him because we have good historical memories of his 1st period as military dictator head of state, we hate him because he’s from the Nigerian army, and we know the secrets as to where his loyalty lays and trust me its not with Nigeria. we hate him because we were united as a 500 tribe country until he came in 2015 and now wants to cause another civil war, we hate him because he is of the civil war generation and a participant of the war, we hate him because he’s a murderer, we hate him because he’s over 50 years old, mostly we hate him because he destroyed the Nigeria Police force and contributed to 89% of the cause of its failure before 2015 and he is doing it again today, we hate him because the rule of law and court orders are not respected by Nigerian security agencies any-more

        anyone can fight corruption. so he isnt special in that area either. so where else has he scored marks? its only his so called inept anti corruption fight you all like him for isnt it?

    • niran ade

      Werre, this conversation is not about the current administration. Don’t be quick to judge. Relax your dirty mouth

      • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

        why attack him in a childish way, Did he lie? Buhari’s government is as corrupt as every other government in Nigeria history. I ask you, what have the innocent Nigerian children done to you that you support Buhari and all those who sit back and watch as women and children suffer and are slaughtered daily? because it is not your family members that were slaughtered. if it was, you wont be saying good things about an evil analogue dictatorial nepotist old man and his evil cabal. rather than say the truth you all collect money from them to come here and give blinded supports. you are all evil wicked people that we will punish when we come to power. thank goodness for digital footprint. we know the supporters of evil old men in Nigeria. you cant all escape judgement. Lucifer will welcome to hell and God will judge you all. For our unity! for Morning Star!

  • share Idea

    Is this how this new integrity manned JAMB agency have been raking billions into FG account. In a bid to proof that this administration is working had in preventing corruption, the agency keeps exposing their weaknesses.

    If scratch-card is burnt as alleged, it can easily be verified by checking if the serial numbers of scratch-cards batch are used in the system, and if they have not, they should just block the numbers. What is the big deal.

    If the serial numbers have been used, the person should by punished accordingly.

    • Dr. Trust

      Exposing which weakness again Mr wat I call urself? We are talking abt recovering millions pple stole abt 3years ago under d previous ineffective registrar and u are here talking nonsense. Go read again or go back to school and learn how to understand ur tenses.

  • Wale

    Of course, after a week this will be eclipsed by another major corruption scandal while AGF Malami goes behind to get his own percentage to share with Kyari and others. They have their system down to a standard now. And someone will come and say Buhari is not a thief. A real military man would not tolerate any slightest chance of impropriety, especially one that claims to be the poster child for anti corruption. We are documenting all these, and we will remind them as we get closer to the elections. Awon ole jati jati.

    • Dr. Trust

      Try get small sense nah! Dis is a crime dat happened in 2015. Before d current registrar was appointed in 2016. Make una try read before una comment.this was a mess under GEJ,when jamb was remitting 3m to FG while ordinary Nigerians like u were busy stealing d balance for free.

      • Aminu Hammanyero

        Na dat PMB man dey cause wahala between em and his girlfriend!!! lol

  • Ishaku Dingba

    That makes it N59 million; with 34 states to go; plus the Federal Capital Territory!!!

  • ladunoyekunle

    Naija, Wonderland

  • Prince Gift Achor

    Wonders in Nigeria even snake in Nigeria is corrupt

  • lubem

    The remaining states should also confess their sins…………….

  • omo56

    Are they not required to deposit these funds in a government or the account of their agency?

  • Imeh Enuah

    It is a pity that most people are still still suffering from what I chose to call ethnic blindness. Or the other blindness caused by political affiliation. What does a crime committed before the life of the present administration began got to do with PMB ? Should stealing and embezzlement in JAMB continue unchecked so that PMB be rated by those fools as a good President? Nigeria project is far beyond political consideration. It is all about us. Period.