In February last year, Philomina Chieshe, a sales clerk with the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in Benue State, claimed that a snake swallowed N36million, being the proceeds of registration cards she sold.
The woman is currently being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Also, Senator Shehu Sani once claimed monkeys carted away N70 million belonging to the Northern Senators’ Forum from a lawmaker’s farmhouse in Nasarawa State.
We now have a new thread, as latest reports from Kano suggest that a “mystery gorilla” has been accused of swallowing N6.8 million belonging to the Kano Zoological Gardens. According to the finance officer of the zoo, the animal sneaked into an office and carted away the money before “swallowing it.”
Sources say the incident occurred during the last Salah celebrations. The State Police Command spokesman, Abdullahi Haruna, informed the press that ten persons, including those on duty when the money went missing, have all been arrested.
“Yes, it is true that money from five days of Salah festivities is missing from the Kano zoo. As at now, we have arrested 10 members of staff of the zoo including the security man and those working in the finance unit.”
The Managing Director of the zoo, Umar Kobo, confirmed that the money was missing and that the unimagineable testimony of the finance officer is currently 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.