Last Saturday, a local news portal in Nigeria reported that a government official had blamed a mysterious snake for missing funds of 36 million naira cash (over $100,000).
The funds belong to Nigeria’s Joints Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), a state agency responsible for the registration of admission of people seeking to enter the various universities.
An account’s clerk at the JAMB offices in Makurdi, capital of Benue State while answering audit queries said her housemaid and a fellow employee had confessed to using a snake to ‘spiritually’ stealing the monies she kept in an office vault.
The auditors had been sent from Abuja 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. This audit came up after reforms by the current registrar struck out use of the cards.
This incident has sent Nigerian social media into a buzz with Nigerians reacting to this story with many of them looking at different sides of the strange issue from the political, the social, the corrupt, the miraculous and even the fun aspect of the incident.
Someone has even created a Twitter account for the said snake.
Here are some of those hilarious reactions:
— Tweet Savages (@tweetsavages_) February 12, 2018
JAMB QUESTION- 100MARKS. Calculate how long it will take a snake to swallow 36,000,000 Naira. If the Bank notes are either in 100, 200 or 500 denomination and tabulate the chances of the snakes survival using the APC formula.
— LordKabba (@LordKabba) February 10, 2018
reporter : How did you manage to mysteriously swallow the 36 million from JAMB OFFICE ?
snake ? : *Mtchweee !!!* pic.twitter.com/OZhcfCiN60
— noris eli (@iam_NORIS) February 10, 2018
Here is a CCTV footage of the moment a strange snake crawled into jamb office and swallow N36 million, we hope this footage will help apprehend the reptile. pic.twitter.com/6FLgUleIIc
— OBI IS A MAN (@Naija_blood_) February 11, 2018