Nigeria has for years been plagued by corruption and forms of banditry ranging from armed robberies to kidnapping for ransom. President Muhammadu Buhari had pledged to improve security and crack down on graft.
“Preliminary reports indicate that there was armed robbery at the zoo,” Ganduje told reporters after meeting Buhari together with other governors in the capital, Abuja.
“The issue of (a) gorilla is junk journalism,” he said. “This is because there is … no gorilla in that zoo.”
Last year, a Nigerian sales clerk was suspended after telling auditors that 36 million naira had been eaten by a snake.