Of The Snake With An Appetite For Nigerian Naira

Nita Karume—

The Nigerian social media space is abuzz with mixed reactions. This is after reports of a government official blaming a mysterious snake for missing funds of 36 million naira cash (over $100,000) late last week.

The funds are said to belong to Nigeria’s Joints Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). Th board is a state agency responsible for the registration of admission of students into the country’s various universities.

The incident, however, took place at the JAMB offices in Makurdi, capital of Benue State. According to the accounts’ clerk in charge of the monies, her housemaid and a fellow employee had confessed to using a snake to ‘spiritually’ stealing the monies she kept in an office vault.

The funds were realized to be missing after Auditors from Abuja arrived to take inventory of funds accrued over the sale of scratch cards to students hoping to gain access to JAMB’s website to register or check on the status of their admissions. The audit came up after reforms by the current registrar struck out the use of the cards.

Nigerians on social media are looking at different sides of the strange issue. Twitter reactions betray a mixture of political, social as well as comedic points of view. For example, a Twitter user @NigerianSnake says in his bio: “I am the snake that ate N36 million from Jamb office. I will not vomit it.”

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