An investigation into the disappearance of 6.8 million naira ($22,000) from a zoo in northern Nigeria discovered it had been taken by armed robbers – not eaten by a gorilla as commonly claimed in regional newspapers.
Abdullahi Ganduje, the governor of northern Kano state, experienced ordered the state’s anti-corruption commission to look into the disappearance of gate costs at the Kano Zoological Gardens.
Nigeria has for years been plagued by corruption and varieties of banditry ranging from armed robberies to kidnapping for ransom. President Muhammadu Buhari had pledged to increase safety and crack down on graft.
“Preliminary reports suggest that there was armed theft at the zoo,” Ganduje instructed reporters following conference Buhari jointly with other governors in the capital, Abuja.
“The concern of (a) gorilla is junk journalism,” he said. “This is since there is … no gorilla in that zoo.”
Previous calendar year, a Nigerian income clerk was suspended right after telling auditors that 36 million naira had been eaten by a snake.