- A lion found at a private home around Victoria Island to a zoo in Omu Resorts, Lekki has been tranquilised and moved to a zoo by the Lagos state task force
- The chairman of the taskforce, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, says investigations revealed that the lion was brought in from Cameroun by an Indian national two years ago
- Egbeyemi assures residents that the owner of the lion would face the full wrath of the law for harbouring a wild animal that endangers the lives of others
The Lagos state task force says it has successfully moved a lion found at a private home around Victoria Island to a zoo in Omu Resorts, Lekki.
The chairman of the agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, said in a statement on Monday, November 18, that the exercise was carried out in conjunction with officials of the Lagos state ministry of agriculture and medical personnel from faculty of veterinary medicine, University of Ibadan.
Egbeyemi said that Dr Ogunmo Bamidele, who led the medical team from the University of Ibadan, tranquilised the lion thrice before evacuation, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He said that the agency responded to a petition from residents on the use of the lion as maiguard.
According to him, investigations revealed that the lion was brought in from Cameroun by an Indian national two years ago.
Lagos state task force says the lion was tranquilised the lion thrice before the evacuation, credits: NAN
”Immediately I got the petition, I deployed my officers to the house at No. 229, Muri-Okunola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, where they kept a close watch for more than 72 hours before the lion was finally removed today,” he said.
He assured residents that the owner of the lion would face the full wrath of the law while warning residents to abstain from harbouring wild animals that endanger the lives of others.
”In as much as we appreciate residents around Victoria Island for their quick action, we urge every member of the public to be observant in their immediate environment.
The chairman of the agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, assures residents that the owner of the lion would face the full wrath of the law, credits: NAN
”Residents should report any strange or unusual activity to appropriate government authority for prompt action,” Egbeyemi said.
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The director, veterinary services, Lagos state ministry of agriculture, Dr Macaulay Rasheed, advised members of the public to stop rearing wild animals in private homes to avoid unnecessary attacks.
Meanwhile, a lion that escaped from its cage at Kano zoological garden on Saturday, October 19, has finally been captured after hours of searching for the animal.
The disclosure was made on Sunday, October 20, by the head of the zoological garden, Sai'du Gwarzo, who said that the lion was found inside the zoo premises, Premium Times reports. Legit.ng gathers that the lion was found in a cage belonging to goats.
The lion was said to have killed and eaten all the goats in the cage.
The incident happened around 9pm when the rangers were trying to put it back to its cage after they returned it from the national agricultural show which took place in Nasarawa state.
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