A gorilla in a zoo in Kano, Northern Nigeria has been accused of 'swallowing' money from a zoological garden by sneaking into an office and carted away the money before swallowing it, a financial officer was quoted.
The incident was said to have happened during the last Sallah celebrations.
Umar Kobo, the managing director of the zoo, confirmed that the money is missing and that the issue is being investigated.
“The issue is under investigations 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 say anything. What I can confirm is that money is missing,” he said, while speaking to Newsmen.
Police authorities are yet to comment on the incident, although the country's Anti-graft agencies are saddled with the responsibility of investigating and prosecuting the human gorillas.
Umar however noted 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 reportedly 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 accused of stealing money in Nigeria.
In February last year, Philomina Chieshe, a sales clerk in the office of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in Benue state, alleged that a snake swallowed N36m, being proceeds from sale of scratch card.
Also, Shehu Sani, a former senator, once said monkeys carted away N70 million belonging to northern senators.
The Social media in the country is currently stormed with funny memes on the incident. Orimi Israel, a Facebook commentator said, "So animals are now richer in this country than humans", Yakubu Abubakar another Facebook user chided his pet dog for not being smart enough to get money like her colleagues.
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