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Missing N6.8m was stolen by burglars, not swallowed by gorilla – Kano Zoo MD

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has rejected claims that a Gorilla swallowed N6.8m in a Kano Zoological Garden.

He said the zoo in question had no gorilla.

He also spoke on the crisis between the Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi II and the state government, resulting in the creation of an additional five emirate councils by the government.

The governor, who spoke with State House Correspondents in Abuja, said efforts were on to end the dispute.

Meanwhile, the Managing Director of the zoo has clarified the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the money.

The management said the missing N6.82m reportedly swallowed by Gorilla was stolen from its coffers by armed robbers.

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Mallam Umar Yusif Umar, the Managing Director of the zoo said it has no Gorilla and that the money was stolen by burglars.

“I was called midnight on Sunday June 9th, by the head of security that armed robbers burgled our office including the revenue office,” Umar told Journalists.

“About 6.30 a.m., I left my home for the office and immediately I arrived I met my office and that of all the directors opened.

“Instantly I called the DPO, Sharada police station and reported the case to him. As far as I’m concerned, I suspect theft and nothing close to Gorilla.”

Umar said the money stolen was N6.90 million and not N6.82 million widely reported. Kano police spokesperson, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, said 10 staff of the zoo, including the accounting officer Lawan Dandadarin, have been arrested and detained.

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Haruna told newsmen that the statement collected from those arrested so far has nothing to do with Gorilla.

“So far, information collected from the suspects suggests armed robbery case and that of negligence,” Haruna said.

BBC Pidgin reported on Friday that Freedom Radio, a Kano-based radio station claimed that a finance officer it spoke to said “a huge Gorilla” sneaked into their office to “swallow” the money.

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But the head of current affairs Freedom Radio Nasiru Salisu said the Gorilla story did not emanate from the station.

“We challenge anybody who claimed we break the Gorilla news to come out and prove it.

“We never report such story. “Like every other person, we noticed the information on social media and a reporter was drafted to investigate the matter,” Salisu said.

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VP Osinbajo, Sanwo-Olu, ASUU hail Unilag VC at 60

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VP Osinbajo, Sanwo-Olu, ASUU hail Unilag VC at 60
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu have prayed for more wisdom, strength and favour for the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, as he clocked 60.

In a congratulatory message made available to newsmen in Lagos, Osinbajo thanked God for Ogundipe’s life. and prayed Him to grant the vice-chancellor more grace.
”Dolapo and I, congratulate you heartily on your 60th birthday anniversary.
”We bless the name of the Lord for his great favour and mercy over your life in the past years. God is truly worthy of praise.
”As we celebrate with you and your family and friends as you attain this milestone, we pray that as your days are, so shall your strength, wisdom and favour with God be, in Jesus name,” Osinbajo prayed.
Similarly, Sanwo-Olu congratulated the vice-chancellor, saying that he  (Ogundipe)  belonged to the privileged class of ‘Nigeria’s Independence’ children.
”You were born in the same year the country emerged as an independent nation, bearing the hopes and aspirations of the African continent and the entire black race.
”By your towering and exceptional achievement as a foremost man of God, scholar, administrator and patriot, you stand tall today.
”I have followed closely your transformational strides at Unilag, which happens to be my alma mater.
‘’Under your watch, the institution entered the 2020 Times Higher Education Ranking of the best 1000 universities in the world, for the first time,” Sanwo-Olu said.
The governor said that the vice-chancellor had registered his footprints on the sands of time, by his achievements.
“I am proud of the work you are doing and grateful that the Almighty God has spared your life to see this Diamond Jubilee,” he said.
The governor prayed to God to continue to grant Ogundipe grace and wisdom to take the university to greater heights.
”On behalf of my wife, Ibijoke, and myself, I congratulate you and the entire Ogundipe family on this milestone, and wish you many more glorious years,” Sanwo-Olu said.
Also in a congratulatory message, the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) wished Ogundipe more years of experience and diligence.
”The association rejoices with the vice-chancellor. We believe he is 20 years old, plus 40 years of experience. We look forward to another 40 years when we will come back to celebrate him.
”We wish him the very best in office as he continues to pilot the affairs of the Great Akokites,” ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said.
Newsmen report that Ogundipe clocked 60 years on Sunday.
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COVID-19 cases rise to 5,135 in Lagos, deaths now 59

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Covid-19: ‘We are running out of bed spaces’, Lagos state to admit only severe cases at isolation centres

There are now over 5,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lagos State.

On Monday night, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 416 new cases in 19 States and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Of that number, Lagos recorded 192, bringing its tally to 5,135 cases.

No other State in Nigeria has more than 1,000 Coronavirus cases.

Earlier in the day, the Commissioner for Health in Lagos State, Prof. Akin Abayomi, announced nine new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 59.

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It stated that the COVID-19 deaths increased to 59 after nine new cases were recorded in the state.

LSMOH said,

“188 new cases of #COVID-19 Infection confirmed. Total confirmed cases in Lagos is now 4,959.

“Nine COVID-19 deaths were recorded in Lagos, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 59.”

Earlier, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in its Situation Report 93 published on Monday said four patients have died of coronavirus-related complications in Lagos.

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Part of the report read,

“307 confirmed cases were reported in the last 24 hours in 15 states – Lagos (188), FCT (44), Ogun (19), Kaduna (14), Oyo (12), Bayelsa (9), Gombe (5), Delta (3), Kano (3), Bauchi (2), Imo (2), Niger (2), Rivers (2), Kwara (1) and Plateau (1).

“No new state recorded a confirmed COVID-19 case in the last 24 hours.

“The total number of states including FCT that have reported at least one confirmed case in Nigeria is still 36 (35 states + FCT).

“One hundred and fifty-one (151) cases were discharged in the last 24 hours in eight (8) states – Lagos (59), Kano (40), Jigawa (26), FCT (9), Rivers (7), Bauchi (6), Ogun (3) and Delta (1)

“14 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours in eight (8) states – Lagos (4), FCT (2), Gombe (2), Kano (2), Bauchi (1), Delta (1), Kaduna (1) and Rivers (1).”

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JUST IN: Nigeria records 416 new cases, total now 10, 578

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This is after the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control announced 416 new cases of coronavirus in the country.

The NCDC made the announcement on Monday, adding that no fewer than 299 patients have died of coronavirus-related complications in the country.

416 new cases of #COVID19;

Lagos-192
Edo-41
Rivers-33
Kaduna-30
Kwara-23
Nasarawa-18
Borno-17
FCT-14
Oyo-10
Katsina-7
Abia-5
Delta-5
Adamawa-4
Kano-4
Imo-3
Ondo-3
Benue-2
Bauchi-2
Ogun-2
Niger-1

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10578 cases of #COVID19Nigeria
Discharged: 3122
Deaths: 299

Details later…

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