VC Orders Investgation As Lion Kills Minder In OAU Zoo

A veterinary technician with the Obafemi Awolowo University zoo, Mr. Olabode Olawuyi, has been killed by a lion while feeding it.

According to a statement by the school, Olawuyi’s death has thrown the management, staff, students and the entire campus of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, into mourning.

Public Relations Officer of the University, Abiodun Olarewaju, further explained in the statement that Mr Olawuyi, who has been in charge of the Zoological garden for over a decade, was attacked this afternoon, Monday, 19th February, 2024, by a 9 – year old male lion when he was feeding them in their den at the Zoological garden of the University.

“The 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 read.

On hearing the sad news, the management team, led by the Vice Chancellor, abruptly ended an on going meeting for an on the spot assessment

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adebayo Simeon Bamire, was informed, on arrival, by the Acting Director of the University Health and Medical Centre Dr. Tirimisiyu Olatunji, that all first aid and medical efforts to save the life of the victim didn’t help.

The statement further revealed that addened by this tragic event, the aggressive Lion has been euthanized.

“Mr. Olawuyi has been taking care of the lions since they were born on campus about 9 years ago but, tragically, the male Lion killed the man who had been feeding them.

“The University management has sent a delegation to the widow and children of the deceased, imploring them to take solace in God who gives life and also has the power to take life” the statement read in part

The university’s spokesman further revealed that the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adebayo Simeon BAMIRE, has ordered a comprehensive investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the incident.

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