Lion kills OAU staff on campus

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A Veterinary Technologist at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Mr. Olabode Olawuyi, has been mauled to death by a 9-year-old male lion.

Olawuyi who served as the caretaker of the Zoological garden for over a decade was attacked while he was carrying out his duties of feeding the animals within their enclosure at the zoo.

Lion kills OAU staff on campus

Olabode Olawuyi

According to a press release issued by the University’s Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olarewaju, the unfortunate incident occurred on Monday, 19th February, 2024.

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Despite the valiant efforts of other staff members present at the scene, the attack proved fatal, resulting in severe injuries to Mr. Olawuyi.

Despite all medical efforts, as confirmed by the Acting Director of the University Health and Medical Centre, Dr. Tirimisiyu Olatunji, Mr. Olawuyi succumbed to his injuries.

In response to the incident, the aggressive lion responsible for the attack has been euthanized by the authorities.

Mr. Olawuyi had been responsible for the care of the lions since their birth on campus for over nine years.

The University management has dispatched a delegation to extend condolences to the deceased’s widow and children, urging them to find solace in faith during this challenging time.

Meanwhile, Vice-Chancellor Professor Adebayo Simeon BAMIRE has ordered a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident, aiming to determine both its immediate and underlying causes.



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