News of animals purportedly stealing money in Nigeria have been making news waves in the past month.
Some days ago, another story surfaced claiming that an elephant had attacked a bank near Nigeria’s border with Benin and made away with N125 million (US$400,000). The story was supported with two photographs of an elephant inside the bank’s premises.
The elephant in the bank
“Not only did this mysterious elephant made away with such amounts of money but also destroyed the bank premises and building beyond measures and also injured one of the staff who tried to stop its actions beyond circumstances [sic],” claimed a message Africa Check saw on closed messaging application WhatsApp.
The first photo was used with a report of a robbery at a bank in Agbara, Ogun state, in November 2015, while the second accompanied a story of another robbery in Ikare-Akoko, Ondo state, in January 2015.
In neither case did a seven-tonne trunk-wielding mammal feature in the heists.– Allwell Okpi (02/03/2018)
Source: Africa Check
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