BREAKING: OAU's 9-Year-Old Lion Kills Staff, Full Details Emerge

BREAKING: OAU's 9-Year-Old Lion Kills Staff, Full Details Emerge

  • An OAU staff, Olabode Olawuyi, has been reportedly murdered by a lion in the university's zoological garden
  • Abiodun Olanrewaju, the spokesperson of the university, disclosed the incident in a statement on Monday
  • According to Olanrewaju, Olawuyi was attacked while feeding the lion, an activity he had done for over nine years

Ife, Osun - A staff of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife, Olabode Olawuyi, has been reportedly killed by a 9-year-old lion in the zoological garden of the institution.

A statement by the university's public relations officer, Abiodun Olarewaju, confirmed the incident.

The statement said Olawuyi, until his death, was a veterinary technologist who had been in charge of the OAU zoological garden for over a decade.

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How lion killed OAU staff in Ife Photo Credit: OAU Ife
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Olanrewaju said the deceased was attacked on Monday, February 19, while feeding the lions in their den at the Zoological garden of the University, Channels TV reported.

According to the statement, other members of staff who were at the scene of the incident did everything within their power to rescue their boss, but the wild cat had already caused severe fatalities.

The statement added that university management has sent a delegation to the widow and children of the deceased.

It also said the university's vice-chancellor, Professor Adebayo Bamire, has also ordered a comprehensive investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the incident.

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Olawuyi was said to have nursed the lion for nine years before he was attacked and killed.

Recall that in February 2018, a lion at a private game lodge near Pretoria, South Africa's capital, also killed a 22-year-old woman.

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According to The Punch, the lioness reportedly attacked the woman near Hammanskraal, about 45 kilometres (30 miles) north of Pretoria.

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