A GORILLA in a public zoo is at the centre of a financial probe in Nigeria after officials of the Kano Zoological gardens claimed the anthropoid ape had swallowed the zoo’s funds.
The gorilla is said to have swallowed 6.8 million naira (more than $19,000). The amount in question is said to be admission fees paid by patrons of the zoo, especially during the Eid-ul-Fitr festivities early this month.
The head of the zoo and police late last week confirmed the incident. ‘Police are investigating what happened – all I can say is the money is missing,’ Umar Kashekobo of the zoo is quoted as saying.
The state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has now ordered the anti-corruption commission to open a probe into the issue, the state-run News Agency of Nigeria said.
‘The order was given on Friday and the commission has already swung into action,’ a statement by the chief press secretary to the governor, Abba Anwar, said on Sunday in Kano.
The order directs the commission to look into the immediate and remote circumstances of the allegation and ‘unearth everything surrounding the incident,’ media reports added.
Nigeria has in the past few years had animals being at the centre of big news items. The presidency in 2017 said rat infestation had forced the president to work from home.
Then there was news in 2018 of how a snake had swallowed funds belonging to the national exams body. A man was at a point charged for naming his dog after the president.
Nigerians online continue to express varied reactions to the latest instalment of animal-related news.
Most of them have expressed disgust at the development and backed the call for a probe while others are joking and making light of the situation.