Another OAU Staff Injured by Lion, NANTSU Shares Details

Another OAU Staff Injured by Lion, NANTSU Shares Details

  • The management of OAU has declined comments on what led to the death of one of its staff, Olabode Olawuyi
  • But the chairman of the non-teaching staff, Wole Odewumi, disclosed that another staff was injured by a lion
  • Odewumi, however, refused to disclose how the incident happened, but reports have it that the sad development occurred while feeding the wild cats journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

A staff member working at the zoological garden of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, has been injured by a lion.

A lion has reportedly injured another OAU staff. For illustration purposes only. Depicted person has no relationship to events described in this material. Photo credit: OAU Ife, Dhoxax/Getty Images
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The chairman of the National Association of Non-Teaching Staff of Universities (NANTSU) OAU, Ile-Ife branch, Wole Odewumi, confirmed this to The Punch on Monday, February 19.

Odewumi said details of how the incident happened were not available, but there were insinuations that the deceased had left the cage opened while trying to feed the animal and got seized by the lion.

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He, however, confirmed that a veterinary technologist, Olabode Olawuyi, was killed by a lion in the OAU zoological garden on Monday. He added that Olawuyi’s death was a loss to the entire OAU community.

He said:

“A member of the association also working at the garden reported to me that the incident happened while the deceased was trying to feed the animal. Immediately, I heard of it, I contacted other people on campus. It is true that another staff also got injured.”

How lion killed OAU zookeeper earlier reported that Olawuyi was 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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Olanrewaju said the deceased was attacked on Monday, February 19, while feeding the lions in their den at the zoological garden.

OAU announces tuition increments

In other news, earlier reported that OAU joined other federal institutions to announce an increment in its school fees.

New students in the faculty of arts, law, and humanity are expected to pay N151,200 while returning students will pay N89,200.

Also, the fresh students in the College of Health Sciences and Pharmacy faculties will pay N190,200, while returning students will pay N128,200.


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