Kano State Police command has reacted to the viral story that gorilla snatched and swallowed the whopping sum of N6.8 million, said to be five-day proceeds made from Sallah celebrations.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the story was filed in by BBC Pidgin and carried by The Cable on Friday.
However, in an interview with DAILY NIGERIAN correspondent on Friday, spokesman of the command, Abdullahi Haruna offered some explanations into the saga.
According to him, the command received a distress call that some hoodlums attacked the staff of the zoo in the night and carted away with the sum of N6.8 million.
He added that on receiving the complaint, the command promptly dispatched its men to the scene of the incident.
Mr Haruna added that ten persons, including officers and security guards on duty had been arrested.
“Yes, we received a distress call that the money made from five days of Sallah festivities, amounting to N6. 8 million is missing from the Kano zoo.
“We promptly dispatched our men. As at now, we have arrested 10 members of staff of the zoo including the security men and those working in the finance unit,” he said
The spokesman also disclosed that investigation is ongoing to unravel the mystery behind the missing of the money.
However, this newspaper gathered that Umar Kobo, the managing director of the zoo, confirmed that the money is missing and that the issue is being investigated.
“The issue is under investigation 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 talk anything. What I can confirm is that money is missing,” he told the BBC Pidgin.