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JAMB Lifts Lid on Reported Swallowing of N36m by Snake

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB on Monday banished a viral reports making rounds on the internet space and social media that a “spiritual” snake swallowed N36 million belonging to the board in Bauchi.

The Board in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Franklin Benjamin said it was a pure case of criminality and fraud by one of its staff. The report had it that a mystery snake sneaked into the accounts office of the board in Makurdi, Benue state and swallowed N36 million cash belonging JAMB.

The development occurred when a team of auditors dispatched by JAMB to take inventory of sold and unsold scratch cards and recover funds generated or embezzled during sales periods. JAMB candidates usually purchase scratch cards to gain access to the Board’s website for either registration or for checking their admission status but that has been stopped by the registrar, Ishaq Oloyede.

The report read; “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. In the course of interrogation, 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”.

Speaking on the fraud, Benjamin said; “It is natural for the office to account for what they have after the sale of scratch cards has been stopped and we discovered that lots of money was missing in Markurdi and other offices.

“There are procedures in the civil service, so the whole thing is still under investigation. She was queried, she appeared before disciplinary committee, although she confessed that money was missing and a snake swallowed it.

“Unfortunately, she is calling one Joan’s name which did not appear in the investigation at all. Joan only recommended a house help for her. Of course, the management did not believe the story. She is just trying to put an excuse forward.

“These are things the Registrar is trying to unravel to put the board on the right footing. We had a case where one of the staff said he had an accident on his way and the scratch cards got burnt but only for us to discover that they were used because they all had serial numbers.”

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Emmanuel Ekon’s brother, Charles buried [PHOTOS]

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Senate Minority Leader, Chief Godswill Akpabio, Representatives of Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar (Waziri of Adamawa), President/CEO of Dangote Group – Aliko Dangote, NNPC GMD, Mr. Maikanti Baru, Executive Secretary of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Wabote, Managing Director of OGFZA, Mr. Umana Okon Umana, Managing Director of NNDC, His Excellency Nsima Ekere, members of the National Assembly led by Rt. Hon. Sam Ikon, Hon. Emmanuel Akpan, Hon. Chukwudi Jones Onyereri, Hon. Owoidoho Ekpoattai; PDP State Chairman, Obong Paul Ekpo, PDP National Legal Adviser, Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem, Member Representing Etim Ekpo /Ika State Constituency, Rt. Hon. Gabriel Toby, Hon. Eseme Eyibo, Former Commissioner for Works, Hon. Don Etim, Former Commissioner for Information, Hon. Elder Aniekan Umanah, party stalwarts and top echelons from Total, Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Ship and the entire oil and gas industry were among the sympathizers at the funeral mass in honour of Mr. Charles Ekon, the elder brother of Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekon, Member Representing Abak/Etim Ekpo/Ika Federal Constituency held on Thursday 15th February 2018 at St. Joseph’s Parish, Iwukem – Etim Ekpo Local Government Area.

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IPC Reveals Reasons for Recent Power Outage in Akwa Ibom

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Ibom Power Company (IPC) has revealed reasons for the break in power supply in the last few days in Akwa Ibom State.

According to the power generation company, Akwa Ibom State is experiencing distribution and transmission problems.

Head of Plant Operations Aniebiet Umoh, said: “Ibom Power Unit 3 has been producing an average of 112 mw every day, there is no reason Akwa Ibom State should be without power supply at any time, if the distribution systems are on.

“Feeder Details in Akwa Ibom State estimate the total capacity of the three major Injection substations responsible for distribution of electricity at 159mw – Eket (56mw), Uyo (64mw) and Itu (39mw).

“Recently, the 132kV transmission line from Itu, in Akwa Ibom State to Aba, in Abia State snapped which disconnected the State from the national grid. Ibom power Management pre-empted this occurrence when they installed a Dead bus technology which allows Ibom plant to operate on island mode giving power to Akwa Ibom state independent of the national grid.”

He explained that on island mode, over 100mw produced by Ibom power plant can be utilised in Akwa Ibom as long as Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) picks the minimum 10mw load requirement for the plant to remain on the mode.

“When the minimum load was not picked we had to shut down the plant until the line from Itu was reconnected,” Umoh said.

The Head, PHEDC Integrated Business Centre which covers Eket region, Akanimoh Ekpe, said as a  safety precaution, PHEDC turned-off its system in the region when the Itu – Aba line snapped. He said after taking the necessary precautions when PHEDC was ready to turn on their system, Ibom power was already shut down.

He said PHEDC was working with Ibom Power and Akwa Ibom State government on distribution network system improvement through the “Power for all” initiative, which includes metering all customers in Akwa Ibom. He added that implementation of the power for all initiative will enhance sustainability of steady power supply across the State.

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Bus crash claims 22 secondary school students

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At least 22 secondary school students died on Tuesday in a road accident in Gaya local government area of Kano state, Premium Times reports.

The Kano command of the Nigeria police confirmed the accident, saying its operatives were at the scene trying to “calm the situation”.

The accident, which occurred at about 11.00 a.m., involved a truck and a bus conveying the students from Misau local government, Bauchi.

The students were going on an excursion at a radio station.

A witness, Tella Maiunguwa, said the bus collided with the truck as both were trying to avoid a pothole at Samia Uku village.

Mr. Maiunguwa said the accident occurred close to Maitama Sule College by Dudduru.

Musa Majiya, the police spokesman said the police was ”taking care of the situation.”

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