Many a child has told their teacher that their dog ate their homework over the years.
But no-one has ever been audacious enough to claim a snake swallowed missing money – until now.
A saleswoman working for the Nigerian exam board gave just that excuse after auditors discovered 36 million naira ($100,000; £72,000) was missing from her accounts.
Some reports suggest the woman, who worked in the central city of Makurdi, tried to accuse her house help of being in on the plot with one of her colleagues.
But it seems the excuse did not impress officials from Nigeria’s examination body, the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB), who suspended the member of staff.
Dr Fabian Benjamin, head of press for the organisation, has confirmed the incident.
However, he said the body – responsible for organising admission exams into universities – is ignoring the incredible claim, adding disciplinary proceedings have been launched.
The BBC’s Pidgin service has tried to reach Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, in order to confirm the story.
So far they have not responded to requests for a comment, but they did tweet this:
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