Two recent instances of animals being made scapegoats in an attempt to cover up alleged corruption in Nigeria have left social media highly amused. A sales clerk was suspended from her job in February after she claimed that a snake had swallowed 36 million naira, or approximately $100,000. Just weeks later, a senator was ridiculed for suggesting monkeys stole 70 million naira, or about $194,600, from a farmhouse.
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.
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.