zoo shutdown as lion attacks attendant

Oyo state Government has ordered the immediate closure of Agodi Zoo in Ibadan over the  killing of an attendant by one of the lions in the zoo.
A statement by the Executive Secretary, Bureau of Investment Promotion (BIP) in Ibadan on Saturday said that the decision was to safeguard the lives of patrons.

It added that government had also taken the decision based on a report received from AM & C, the company managing the Zoo.

It quoted the report as saying: “one of the lions at the Zoo had attacked one of the attendants, Hamzat Oyekunle popularly known as Baba Olorunwa.
“Oyekunle was reported to have died from injuries sustained from the attack.”

It said that the lions have been evacuated pending further investigations.

“The incident is unfortunate and sad as the deceased had fed the lions for over five years.

“He was known to have had a very good relationship with all the animals in the zoo,” the statement read.

The state government’s representatives visited the family of the deceased to empathize  with them.