An official of the Kano Zoological Garden has informed that the huge some of money a finance officer of the zoo claimed to have been swallowed by a Gorilla was actually stolen by burglars.
The Managing Director of the zoo, Mallam Umar Yusif Umar dismissed the report, stressing that the money was stolen by burglars and not Gorilla denying the claim which became viral after the BBC Pidgin reported that a finance officer of the zoo claimed that “a huge Gorilla” sneaked into their office to “swallow” the money.
In an interview with Guardian, Umar said: “I was called midnight on Sunday 9th, June, by the head of security that armed robbers burgled our office, including the revenue office.
“About 6.30am, I left my home for the office and immediately I arrived I met my office and that of all the directors opened.
“Instantly I called the DPO, Sharada police station and reported the case to him. As far as I’m concerned, I suspect theft and nothing close to Gorilla.”
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano has ordered the state’s Anti-Corruption Commission to probe the claims that a gorilla in the state-owned zoo swallowed N6.8 million being money raised during the last Sallah celebrations in the state.
“The order was given on Friday and the commission has already swung into action,” a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Abba Anwar, said on Sunday in Kano.
It quoted the governor as directing the commission to look into the immediate and remote circumstances surrounding the allegation and “unearth everything surrounding the incident”.