Senator storms JAMB office with anti-snake venom, charmers over missing money

Shehu Sani in JAMB Office

Staff of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, were on Tuesday morning surprised when the senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, stormed their office with anti-snake venom and snake charmers, after a staff claimed a missing N36 million was eaten by a snake.

JAMB Registrar, Ishaq Oloyede, went into rounds of laughter when the lawmaker presented him with two packs of anti-snake venom and offered the services of two snake charmers to fish out snakes that swallowed huge amount of money.

The exams board said it suspended the staff, Philomena Chieshe, at its Makurdi office following the bizarre claim.

In reaction to the development, the senator visited the JAMB headquarters to ascertain the truth of the matter and to lend his “assistance”.

“The reason for my presence here is in response to the story that a snake swallowed about N36 million. It is my concern that such a huge amount of money is reported to have been swallowed by a snake. I believe the contribution I can make is to bring snake charmers from my constituency to the JAMB office to help them fish out the snake or weed out snakes from their premises,” Mr. Sani said.

“If a snake can actually swallow N36 million one day we may wake up in this country to see that a snake has swallowed our foreign reserve or it has swallowed money that was gathered in the TSA.”

Mr. Oloyede continued his laughter and insisted on taking photograph with the unexpected gift.

“Lets take pictures with anti-snake,” he said.

One of the snake charmers, Tasiu Abdulrasheed, who claimed to have been a professional snake charmer for up to 20 years, said he has never encountered a money-swallowing reptile.

“I inherited the skill from my grandfather and I’ve been doing it for up to 20 years. I have dealt with different types of snakes, including pythons, cobra and others, but I have never captured a snake that swallowed money. My master has at different times captured snakes that swallowed various kinds of animals but he has never caught one that swallowed money,” he said.

JAMB spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, said the board is dealing with more frivolous stories like Ms. Chieshe’s.

“There was even a case in Nasarawa when a staff claimed that on his way to come and submit the scratch card, he had an accident and the car got burnt with the scratch cards,” he said.

“The cards have numbers and when we checked we found out that those cards were used. There was another staff that said his signature was forged. He agreed that it was his signature but he wasn’t the one that signed and did not collect the scratch cards. We have many issues like that but all of them have been queried, they appeared before the disciplinary committee, they were interrogated. A report has been written. Once that report has been approved, we will be commended for their dismissal and prosecution.”

He advised Nigerians against trivialising the issue.

“We are not ashamed of whatever because Nigerians are turning it into a joke. It’s not a joke. We should be surprised and we should weep for this country that people could be that mischievous. The effrontery of someone saying a snake could swallow money is something that should disturb us.”

He added that the accused staff is currently undergoing disciplinary procedures and would be handed over to security agencies after the minister’s approval.


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  • Akin Animashaun

    This Sanni of a guy is useless. How can i ranking member of the Nigerian senate trivialise an issue such as this.This is a collective insult on all of us as a people and yet the senator could make light of an issue such as this. May God help this country

    • share Idea

      A senator trying to help out is being called names by you….hahahaha. APC should stop telling us such ridiculous stories. Are you not in the country when we were told that Buhari could not attend FEC meeting because of Rat.

      NNPC MD (Baru) told NASS that 4,500 trucks loaded with petrol disappeared in one week even when Bermuda triangle is not close to Nigeria. As the leaders engage in more brazen corruption, the people lower than the ladder, help themselves with corrupt acts at their level. Nigeria we hail thee

      • Ola

        Please Why blame APC or government in this case. This is a case of JAMB exposing corrupt workers who instead of accounting for monies in their custody says it has been swallowed by snake or one that says scratch cards were burnt in a car accident.

        If an individual steals N36 Million of our money and was caught , then we should be praising the efforts of government in exposing these bad eggs and charging them to court.

      • EdgarLegatt

        “NNPC MD (Baru) told NASS that 4,500 trucks loaded with petrol disappeared in one week even when Bermuda triangle is not close to Nigeria”

  • Buharin daji


  • e_orpheus

    Given the seriousness of the original issue as well as the ridiculous display by a senior official of government, I was trying really hard to maintain my composure while reading this. But how do you not laugh at the absurdity of a tale of a naira eating serpent or a Senator that decides to respond to the tale like Mr Sani did?

  • FreeNigeria

    Nigeria has been reduced to ridicule. I can’t even go to Togo to say I am a Nigerian

    • Anonymous

      Don’t go to Togo. You may probably take your snake to them.

    • bala


  • Pluti

    Even a jamb official is reiterating that it’s not a joke but they still don’t understand that it’s very serious and embarrassing to hear for a country trying to do things right not to collapse

  • Dr Pat Mumuwole Awosan

    Senator Sani sure has serious problems. I thought he was immune to this incurable blight that plagues Nigeria and many Nigerians for far too long – neglect of the real thieves and pursuing the lesser thieves. To put it unambiguously, one would have expected Shuehu Sani, (who by the way has hair well grown to accommodate a Cobra) to have sent ANTI-lying, ANTI-Corruption and certainly ANTI-Cover-up venom to Presidency and the VP Yemi Osinbajo’s office to assist them in capturing and bringing to justice the real bigger thieves who stole (swallowed) the Ikoyi money.

  • Anonymous

    This senator called Sanni is competing with Dino for the post of the most idiotic senator in Nigeria

    • duwdu

      My thoughts, exactly.


    • MO the Observer

      Another idot!c mugu of Buhari in display. Shehu Sani is simply making us all to know that the likes of Babachir, rats chasing PMB out of his office and lack syringes in Aso clinic by Aisha led to this filthy lies. Open your mind… Dino and this dude are the ones that has revealed so many irregularities going on in this present administration, if not, we shall just be blindfolded with lies

  • Richman

    i Used to think that Sen. Shehu Sani is a serious-minded person, but this singular act of trivialising a very serious issue has given me a different picture of who is. This is arrant Nonsense, really!

    • duwdu

      I never for once thought highly of Shehu Sani. The man simply cannot believe his luck that he’s a senator earning so much unexpected money.

      Anyways, all of these shenanigans is all because Buhari does not really have a liver. I tend to agree with Prof Sole Soyinka, who just yesterday said Buhari is in a trance…


  • Quency Olajide Oyegoke

    Of truth, this is not a joking matter as Senator Sani wants Nigerians to believe. Both the suspect that misappropeiated the money and the system that gave her the opportunity to do so should be properly investigated.

    • solomon akanimoh

      that is the truth. I said a weak internal control gives room for snake to swallow N36m. Was that staff not checked or supervised by a superior officer as she is said to be a clerk, what about the head of Makurdi Office what check was he doing monthly, why should such amount be placed in an office withoout paying it into the bank..this matter is not only the clerk alone but there is a high level conspiracy…..God saves Nigeria fro corruption pls