The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has begun investigation into a reported N8.7 billion fraud in the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) between 2010 and 2016.
According to reports, about fifteen suspects have been shortlisted by the anti-graft agency for trial in relation to the alleged fraud.
In 2018, Philomena Chieshe, an accountant and also one of the suspects, had claimed that a snake swallowed N36 million, which was funds realized from the sales of e-facility cards.
Also, a document which contains all the details of the alleged fraud revealed the money from the sales of the e-facility cards and change-of-course cards ended up with some private individuals.
“The remittance of over N8 billion by Oloyede to the Federal Government as revenue led to the forensic investigation of financial activities of JAMB between 2010 and 2016 by Faithpro Consulting Auditing Associate (Financial and Management Consultants).
“The forensic investigators came up with N8.7 billion shortfall within the same period which the EFCC has been investigating. There are about fifteen suspects who may face trial in the first batch,” the report reads.
Benue, Nasarawa, Kano, Kogi, Plateau, Gombe, Yobe and Edo are some of the states where the fraud was said to have taken place.
Chieshe and Sale Umar (Benue), Labaran Tanko (Nasarawa), Daniel Agbo (Kogi), Yakubu Jekada (Plateau), Patricia Ogunsola and Cyril Izireim Imoukhuede (Edo), Murtala Abdul (Gombe), Aliyu Yakubu (Kano) and others are the names of the suspects under investigation.
Yobe state and Edo state JAMB employees claimed that they had “lost sale records because of attacks on Damaturu by Boko Haram”.
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