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Gorilla Allegedly Swallows N6.8million in Kano Zoo



Harking back to 2018 when snakes and monkeys were accused of fraudulently filtering away millions of public funds, it would seem Nigerians are in for another round of incredible news.

The location this time is Kano State where residents have started reacting to reports that a certain big gorilla has swallowed 6.8 million naira at the Kano Zoological Gardens.

According to BBC Pidgin, the Chief Revenue Officer of the zoo said the six million, eight hundred and twenty thousand naira being revenue generated during the Sallah period as gate fee from fun lovers who visited to watch animals is now missing from the safe it was kept.

A local radio station, Freedom Radio reported Thursday that a finance officer from the garden who they spoke to on the matter said “a huge Gorilla sneaked into their office, stole the money and swallowed it”.

When BBC Pidgin reportedly spoke to the Managing Director of the zoo, Umar Kobo, he refused to confirm the radio report instead, insisted that he cannot speak on the issue as it was under investigation.

“This issue is under investigation for now and I do not want to say anything on the matter. Many journalists have also come to meet me but I cannot say anything on it. What I can confirm is that money is missing,” Umar Kobo said.

A staff who spoke to BBC on condition of anonymity said the Police has arrested everyone that was on duty on the day of the incident.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Kano State, DSP Abdullahi Haruna when contacted, confirmed the development and said the command has opened investigation on the matter.

“It is true some money went missing at the Kano Zoo; the money they realized during the five days of sallah festivities. We have arrested 10 staff of the zoo and they are currently detained at the CID.

“Some of those arrested are the gatemen, staff of the finance unit. What we do not understand is why they should hold unto such an amount of money for five days without depositing in the bank,” he said.

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