In the first instance, a clerk in the office of the Nigerian examination board which collects exam fees blamed a snake for swallowing $100,000. Quite a mouthful for a snake, isn't it? According to the BBC, the exam board, known as the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board, dismissed the woman's claim and suspended her after a disciplinary hearing.
In the second instance, a senator defending a colleague accused of misappropriating funds suggested monkeys "carted away" $194,600, from a farmhouse. He didn't specify what the gang did with all that cash.
Parody profiles for both the snake and monkey soon popped up on Twitter.
I am the snake that ate the money from Jamb office— The Nigerian Snake (@NigeriaSnake) February 10, 2018
I am the monkey that swallowed 70 million naira and i wont return it to the farm— Nigerian Monkey (@70MillionMonkey) February 21, 2018
Most Influential person in our "Animal Kingdom" rn?— Omoniyi Israel (@omoissy) February 21, 2018
RT for Senate Monkey
FAV for JAMB Snake pic.twitter.com/3dlaV6usWu
First snake swallowed 36million naira.— (@t_riumphant) February 21, 2018
Now a monkey swallowed 70 million naira.
I'm going to take zoo form, I want to be a Dragon so I can swallow 1 billion naira..
Since animals are now making it more than humans in this country pic.twitter.com/5cHWym2cdb
The Nigerian Monkey that stole N70m spotted on vacation living life to the fullest.... pic.twitter.com/r61meuTNU8— DaddyMo (@officialdaddymo) February 21, 2018
Oh, I love this country, someday our kids will wake up to news headlines like this;— D'Bachelor (@Its_dandiko) February 21, 2018
BREAKING NEWS; "EFCC uncovers 30bn in an apartment in Ogba Zoo, Monkey claims money belongs to Snake. Efforts to reach snake have been abortive as Rodents chase Search party out of zoo."
These few years have seen animals become part of Nigeria. Today it's Monkey. I am so sure that during the elections next year we will hear that elephants took away the ballot boxes.— Numero Uno (@adebayo_bj) February 21, 2018
Nigeria's anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, tweeted that the eagle - the country's national symbol - "shows no mercy for money-swallowing snakes".
This isn't the first time animals have stolen the spotlight in Nigeria. Last year, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari spent three months working from home after his office was damaged by rats. Click for more trending news
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