Governor Ganduje orders probe of missing N6.8m gate fees at Kano zoo

Acheme Jack, Kano

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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state north western Nigeria has ordered the State Anti-Corruption Commission to probe the issue of Kano Zoological Gardens alleged missing N6.8 million.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Abbah Anwar, in a statement signed and issued said based on the order the Commission swung into action immediately,

“The governor asked the Commission to look into the immediate and remote cause of the allegation, directing them to unearth everything surrounding the incident.”

It could be recalled that, there was a widely reported case of alleged missing of N6.7m generated by the Zoo as gate fees collected from visitors to the garden, particularly during the Sallah festive period.

In an earlier reaction, the Spokesman for the Kano Police command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna said the Police received a distress call, that suspected bandits attacked the staff of the zoo in the night and stole N6.8 million.

He said the command swiftly dispatched its men to the scene of the incident and ten persons, including officers and security guards on duty were arrested.

‘’Investigation is ongoing on the issue to unravel the mystery behind the missing of the money,’’ said Abdullahi.

The  Managing Director, Kano Zoological Garden, Umar Yusuf Kachakobo  confirmed that money was missing but declined to speak further noting that the Police are already investigating the issue.

Reports in the week  say the money may have been swallowed by a gorilla at the zoo, which was a coinage used to describe mysterious ways in which money sometimes disappear from government coffers.

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