Gorilla 'swallows' Sh1.9 million in Nigerian zoo

One of the zoo’s finance officers said that “one of the gorillas broke into the office and ate the money.”

Police in North West Nigeria are investigating claims by the Kano Zoological Gardens that a gorilla swallowed Sh1.9 million.

According to Freedom Radio, one of the zoo’s finance officers said that “one of the gorillas broke into the office and ate the money.”

Confirming the incident, the Kano police spokesman Abdullahi Haruna stated that investigations are underway to establish the authenticity of the zoo’s claims.

“It’s true that money went missing at the Kano Zoological Gardens. The money, was meant for a five-day festival.

“We have arrested 10 zoo employees and they are currently undergoing interrogation,” he said.  

“Among those arrested are the security guard and employees in the finance department. We want to establish why they hid such a huge amount of money in the zoo for five days without taking it to the bank.”

Speaking to BBC, Umar Kashekobo, the zoo’s manager neither denied nor confirmed the reports, saying that the matter is under investigation.  

“The matter is under investigation and I currently cannot comment on it. Let’s wait till it’s established that the money was actually lost,” he said.

Snake swallows Sh10 million

In February 2018, an employee of the Nigerian Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board claimed that a ‘spiritual’ snake made away with Sh10 million.

According to her “It was a mystery to me too. I have been saving the money in the bank, but I found it difficult to account for it. So I started saving it in a vault in the office.

“But each time I open the vault, I will find nothing. I became worried and surprised how the millions of Naira could be disappearing from the vault. I began to interrogate everybody in the house and office, and no one could agree on what might have happened to the money.

“I continued to press until my housemaid confessed. She said that the money disappeared “spiritually”. She said that a “mysterious snake” sneaked into the house and swallowed the money in the vault.” said the employee.