Following the death of one of its zoo attendants, Mr. Hamzat Oyekunle, by a lion, the Oyo State Government has announced the immediate closure of Agodi zoo.
Insideoyo.com learnt that one of the lions had ‘accidentally’ attacked the deceased who was said to have “fed the lion for over five years and was known to have had a very good relationship with all the animals in the zoo.”
The attendant, popularly known as Baba Olorunwa, later died from injuries sustained from the incident.
On 24th July, 2017, insideoyo.com had after visiting the site, reported how parents complained about the poor level of management, “adding that the lion, crocodile and few monkeys in the zoo may wreck havoc one day as “they are not well-fed; they look hungry and fierce.”
But the state government, however, said the lions have been evacuated pending further investigations.
The government said this decision is based on the report received from the company managing the Zoo, AM & C.
The government decision was contained in a statement at the weekend by the Executive Secretary, Bureau of Investment Promotion (BIP), Mr. Yinka Fatoki who expressed shock at the unfortunate incident.
He said that the incident is particularly surprising and sad as the said Mr. Oyekunle had fed the lion for over five years and was known to have had a very good relationship with all the animals in the zoo.
Meanwhile, government representatives have visited the family to commiserate with them over the demise of Mr. Oyekunle.