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School Lion Kills Zookeeper in Southwest Nigeria

A lion in the zoological garden of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Osun State, Nigeria, attacked and killed a veterinarian, Olabode Olawuyi, on Monday.

Olawuyi, who had been the school zookeeper for almost a decade, was mauled to death while he fed the animals.

Efforts of other staff members at the scene to rescue the veterinarian were futile.

“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,” Abiodun Olarewaju, the public relations officer of the public school, told the press, confirming the incident.

The student union president, Abbas Akinremi, said the attack was due to “human error” as the zookeeper forgot to lock the zoo gate after discharging his duties. “The lion has been killed,” he added.

Ezinwanne Onwuka reports for TruthNigeria from Abuja.

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