A large sum said to be missing after it was generated during the recent Sallah celebrations at the Kano Zoological Gardens is said to have been swallowed by a gorilla. BBC Hausa Service in Kano reported that a finance officer (names withheld) in the zoo was quoted as saying the gorilla “sneaked into their office” and carted away the money before swallowing it.
However, Umar Kobo, the managing director of the zoo, confirmed that the money is missing and that the issue is being investigated but he could not share the findings with the media. “The issue is under investigation for now and I don’t want to say anything on the matter, many journalists have come to meet me but I don’t want to talk anything. What I can confirm is that money is missing,” he told BBC Pidgin. Police Spokesman, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, was, however, quoted to have affirmed that 10 persons, including those on duty when the money went missing, have been arrested.
“Yes, it is true that money from five days of Sallah festivities is missing from the Kano zoo,” he reportTo raise allowances, order free treatment for officersedly said, adding: “As at now, we have arrested 10 members of staff of the zoo including the security man and those working in the finance unit. This is not the first time animals have been involved in related issues in Nigeria. In February last year, Philomina Chieshe, a sales clerk in the office of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in Bnue state, alleged that a snake swallowed N36m, being proceeds from sale of scratch cards. Also, Shehu Sani, a popular writer and former Senator from Kaduna State, once said monkeys carted away N70 million belonging to northern senators.
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