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Nigerian snake who ‘swallowed’ $100,000 is a social media hit

Snake (WikiMedia)
February 16, 2018

Nigeria’s Examination Board reportedly lost or misplaced $100,000 from its reserves, but one staffer claimed a snake “swallowed” the missing money.

Fabian Benjamin, spokesman of the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board, told CNN that a staffer admitted to auditors that a snake had “swallowed” the missing money.

Benjamin told CNN: “She confessed that she had the money, kept it in a vault in the office but a snake came and swallowed the money. The staff and others in her category that are found culpable have been suspended and will be handed over to appropriate authorities.”

The clerk denied the allegations and said the exam board made the story up. Philomena Chiesche also accused the exam board of turning her in to authorities, who she claims still haven’t questioned her about the missing funds.

Chieshe told CNN: “I did not say any money was swallowed by a snake. Nobody questioned me about that case. I am just a clerk and I serve under directors who are accounting officers. I wonder why they are personalizing the case.”

Social media is having a blast with this unbelieving story, and someone even made a Twitter account for the money-hungry snake.

A Tweet from Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said that the agency’s national symbol, the eagle, shows no mercy for “money-swallowing snakes.”

And a bank even tweeted about its new “snake repellant.”