Detectives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, are closing in on top officials of the Joint Admission Matriculations Board, JAMB, allegedly fingered in the alleged diversion of more than N8 billion between 2010 and 2015.
Saturday Vanguard learned last night that key officials had already been indicted by a body raised by the Federal Government to look into the finances of JAMB in the last six years following the returns made to the government by the current JAMB board led by Prof Ishaq Oloyede.
It was said to have failed to remit the money to the government within the period under review.
The amount includes unremitted Value Added Tax and Withholding Tax.
Following the remittance of N7.8 billion to the Federal Government by the Oloyede- led management of the examination body, the government ordered a forensic audit of the accounts of JAMB from 2010 to 2015.
Sources said the report of the forensic audit committee was sent to the EFCC some months ago by the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeaosun for criminal investigation.
Following the submission of the audit report, the commission set up a crack investigative panel to review the report and take further investigative steps to bring indicted culprits to book.
An EFCC source said: “We are looking at a number of accounts with suspicious inflows and outflows.
“From the detailed analyses of the accounts, we have identified a few officers that would help our investigations because funds have been traced to their accounts. Very soon, we will be inviting them for questioning.
“Among the officers that we may invite are a serving director and a retired director of the examination body.’’
Meanwhile, the anti-graft agency is set to prosecute a number of JAMB officials already indicted in the investigation of the loss of revenues from the sale of scratch cards by some of the state offices.
Among the staff that may be arraigned in court any moment from now is an official based in Makurdi, Philomena Chieshe, who claimed that a snake swallowed N36 million.
The money was part of the proceeds of the sale of scratch cards.
Chieshe, who was arrested by the EFCC, allegedly told interrogators that the money was collected in installments from her by her Coordinator, Mr. Samuel Umoru. She claimed that the coordinator usually asked her to withdraw proceeds from the sale of the cards from her account in two banks.