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.
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.
JAMB candidates usually purchase scratch cards to gain access to the Board’s website for either registration or for checking their admission status. But new reforms introduced by JAMB registrar, Ishaq Oloyede, who assumed office in 2016, ended the use of scratch cards, replacing it with more efficient and effective platforms.
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.
The spokesperson of the board, Fabian Benjamin, believed there was indeed a case of fraud and criminality in the Benue State office.
The question now is, a very huge amount of money went missing and Philomina Chieshe, who is accountable for the fund resulted to superstition to explain the mystery behind the missing fund. Obviously, this cannot in anyway rationalize the law but how many Nigerians are actually gullible enough to believe and get carried away by sentiments such as this? We sometimes are too focus on the enemies and their powers rather than the Spirit that lives inside us and His preeminence.
Obviously, Philomina must have felt she stood on good grounds with her explanation before blotting out the ridiculousness, hoping to cajole the enquirers with sentiments. While they were not fooled by it, it reveals the level of decadence religion has locked many minds into.
Many feel they are Christian while they worship God like another idol, without a profound knowledge of who He is. They spend their time of fellowship with Him battling enemies, mean-mugging neighbors and their diabolic methods of attacks. Others who tend to know, are driven by different winds of doctrine according to where their emotions drive them.
We have also seen various wrong doctrines amongst the Muslim counterparts resulting in political instabilities, religious crisis and terrorism.
Knowledge is profitable to direct. No religion can save but a good knowledge through relationship with the One you worship does. If we do, no one will be crippled by beliefs in ancient curses from the father or mother’s lineage, the “enemies” and their power, let alone, a N36m-eating-snake!
This is not to stand in oblivion of the forces that exist in the world but to turn our perspective to the greater power that is available to all.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had the best reaction to the ridiculous claim. The anti-corruption agency using its official Twitter handle @officialEFCC posted a picture of an eagle (which is symbolic of the EFCC) crushing a snake and wrote:
“The Eagle shows no mercy for money-swallowing snake(s).”
— EFCC Nigeria (@officialEFCC) February 11, 2018