Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano has ordered the state's Anti-Corruption Commission to probe the claims by the Kano Zoological Gardens that a gorilla in the state-owned zoo swallowed N6.8 million.
“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”.
Apart from the gorilla, Gandjue too was last year accused of collecting kickbacks from contractors in the state.
In 2018, a video showing Governor Ganduje stuffing wads of dollars in his babaringa went viral.
The governor was seen collecting the money before putting them in his white dress.
The governor had since debunked the video as “cloned” and threatened to sue.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the animal was said to have swallowed N6.8 million generated by the zoo as gate fees collected from visitors of the garden, particularly during the Eid-el-Fitr celebrations.