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Mystery! Strange Snake Reportedly Swallows N36m in JAMB Office

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A mystery snake is said to have made away with N36 million cash after sneaking into the accounts office of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

Prior to recent reformations in the exam body, JAMB candidates purchased scratch cards from JAMB state offices and other designated centers, to gain access to the Board’s website for either registration or to check their admission status but the reforms introduced by JAMB registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, recommended an end to the use of scratch cards.

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 of scratch cards.

On their visit to Makurdi office of JAMB, 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 confessed that it was her housemaid that connived with another JAMB staff, Joan Asen, to “spiritually” steal the money from the vault in the accounts office.

She said: “I was one of the four sales clerks attached to JAMB office in Makurdi. My responsibility was to sell scratch cards to candidates and not involved in handling the revenues. It was the responsibility of Joan Asen and my other senior colleagues. I only remit money when am done selling the cards.

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“Few months ago, there was issue of fraud in the Makurdi office. Auditors were sent from Abuja to carefully flip the record books of the office, to perhaps, ascertain the current state of affairs.

“The state Coordinator, Obilo, was not around when the audit team came. But in the course of the audit, N36 million was discovered to have been missing from the account. An investigation was launched. In the course of the investigation, it was discovered that Joan Asen, who is account staff and a lady outside JAMB have connived to steal the money.”

Philomina in her confessional statement said that Joan Asen and her accomplices confessed that they have been stealing the money “spiritually” through a mysterious snake that always sneak into the office to swallow the money from the vault.

According to her “It was a mystery to me too. I have been saving the money in the bank, but I found it difficult to account for it. So I started saving it in a vault in the office. But each time I open the vault, I will find nothing. I became worried and surprised how the millions of Naira could be disappearing from the vault. I began to interrogate everybody in the house and office, and no one could agree on what might have happened to the money. I continued to press until my housemaid confessed. She said that the money disappeared “spiritually”. She said that a “mysterious snake” sneaked into the house and swallowed the money in the vault.”

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NDLEA intercepts 581 million Tramadol tablets in 2 days

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has seized 241 million Tramadol tablets in 11 containers, weighing 118 metric tonnes.

Head of Public Affairs of the agency, Mr Jonah Achema, said in a statement on Sunday in Abuja that the seizure was made at the Apapa Port in Lagos.

The agency had earlier uncovered 340 million Tramadol tablets in 12 containers on November 15 at the port.

The containers had been on the watch-list of the NDLEA since November 2017.

They were taken to the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) for search, based on the agency’s reasonable suspicion that they contained the drug.

Achema said that there were 39 more containers that were lined up for search as the agency strongly suspected that they contained illicit drugs.

“This brings to 581 million Tramadol tablets uncovered within two days of the search. The search is still ongoing. We shall continue tomorrow as well,” he said.

Achema added that the agency would not relent until the country was freed from drug abuse and consumption.

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Fake policemen caught smuggling 50bags of ‘Weed’

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Operatives of the NDLEA have arrested two fake policemen, who were conveying 50 bags of weeds, suspected to be cannabis sativa and weighing 685 kilogrammes, along Okpella-Okene road.

The fake policemen operated with a black Toyota Hiace bus, marked Ondo AKR 392 LZ and labelled with stickers of the emblem of the Nigeria Police.

Speaking to newsmen while parading the suspects, Edo State Commander, Mr. Buba Wakawa who identified the fake policemen as one Matthew Onumba and Ojukwu Henry, described them as members of a drug syndicate specialised in smuggling cannabis from the South to North-West region of the country.

According to the NDLEA Boss, the bus had reportedly taken off from Uzebba, in the Owan West Local Government Area of the State, en route to Kaduna State, when it was intercepted during a search operation by officers of the agency.

It was gathered that the arrested suspects, also attached a siren to the vehicle in a bid to evade security checks by the police.

“The black bus (Toyota), with tainted glass, had a siren and police stickers both at the front and rear to deceive unsuspecting members of the public as well as security personnel. It has all the paraphenalia of an official police vehicle but all is a ruse.

“So much has been invested into this operation and I am glad that our efforts have been rewarded,” he said.

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Police: We’ve arrested three of the suspects who escaped in Kogi

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The police say they have rearrested three out of six suspects who escaped custody in Kogi state on Wednesday.

Two of the six suspects are involved in the illegal possession of arms case preferred against Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west.

They accused the senator of arming them for robbery and kidnapping.

After the suspects escaped custody, they were declared wanted and Ali Janga was removed as the commissioner of police in Kogi, by Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP).

Speaking with PUNCH on Saturday, Janga said three of the suspects have been rearrested but he did not give their names.

“Yes, it is confirmed, but note that I am no longer the CP, I have been removed, so next time talk to the new CP,” the newspaper quoted Janga as saying.

Two of the rearrested suspects reportedly sustained gunshot injuries.

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Coloured Water: Calabar Residents Shocked

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Residents of Calabar were shocked on Thursday to find coloured water flowing from their taps after more than several weeks of being cut off from public water supply

Calabar, the Cross River State capital, had experienced irregular supply of potable water for over one year, leaving residents to scout for water from available borehole facilities owned by individuals.

The supply is coming almost a year after same thing happened in March 2017 that lasted for some days.

Areas that got coloured water supply include Eta-Agbor, Ekpo Abasi, Mayne Avenue, Marian Road and State Housing.

Thursday’s supply of coloured water sparked controversy as residents blamed the management o f the Cross River State Water Board Limited for incompetence.

Members of the state House of Assembly had recently slammed the agency for poor performances, but the management of the board blamed its shortcoming on lack of funding.

A resident of Mayne Avenue, Mr. Emeka Ndubuisi, lamented that it would have been better to remain without water than to supply one that was likely to be injurious to consumers’ health.

“We have tried to cope with this irregular supply of water in Calabar for more than one year. It was a shock to find coloured water flowing from the taps on Thursday. It was like that for more than five hours and it showed that those managing water supply in the state are playing with people’s lives,” he said.

But the CRSWBL blamed the supply of coloured water on what it called “flushing of storage tank and pipe network”.

Managing Director of CRSWBL, Dr. Godwin Igile, gave an instant assurance that potable water would be restored on that same day.

In his statement, Igile said, “Please rest assured that management is doing everything possible to ensure restoration of regular clean, potable water before evening fall.”

As at 6.30pm on Thursday, coloured water was still being pumped to residents, while water supply stopped altogether on Friday.

 

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