Few days after the report that a snake ‘swallowed’ about N36 million from JAMB’s vault in Benue State, another state co-ordinator of the board in Nasarawa state has come up with a rather strange story to back an alleged fraud.
While defending himself after he was caught, the JAMB staff identified as 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 Tanko’s claims, and said after a thorough investigation, it discovered that the cards which reportedly burnt alongside Tanko’s car were used by students in Nassarawa state to register, adding that it was easy to discover through simple checks done by its officials.
According to PREMIUM Times, 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.
He told the panel: “I thank God that I am alive today. 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.”
It was gathered that until 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 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 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,” Oloyede said.
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