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Monday, November 18, 2019

Lagos Relocates Lion Serving As Guard In V/Island



Operatives of the Lagos State Task Force on Monday relocated a lion found in a private home around Victoria Island Lagos to a zoo facility at Omu Resorts, Lekki.

The Agency in conjunction with 
officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture and medical personnel from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan, carried out the evacuation after about 72hours  surveillance on the building housing the lion.

The Daily Crucible gathered that an Indian allegedly smuggled the carnivorous animal into his Victoria Island apartment, Lagos, about two years ago, as pet and maiguard, undetected by the operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service(NCS), Nigeria Immigration Service(NIS), Animal Quarantine Service and other security agencies manning any of the likely entry points to Nigeria used by the said Indian to bring it in.

The lion was moved following petition received by the agency from residents who expressed concern for their safety when they observed the routine and frightening roaring of the wild animal in the neighborhood. 

The lion was brought in from Cameroon, it was learnt.

According to the Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, Dr. Ogunmo Bamidele,  from the University of Ibadan, first tranquilized the lion before evacuation.

Egbeyemi said: "Immediately I got the petition, I deployed my officers to the house at No. 229, Muri Okunola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, where they kept a close watch for more than 72 hours before the lion was finally removed today(Monday).

"In as much as we appreciate residents around Victoria Island for their quick action, we urge every member of the public to be observant in their immediate environment and report any strange or unusual activity to appropriate government authority for prompt action."

Meanwhile, the Director, Veterinary Services, Lagos State, Dr. Macaulay Rasheed has advised Lagosians to stop rearing wild animals at private homes in order to avoid endangering lives via unnecessary attacks and spread of contagious animal diseases.

From Godwin Akomah, Southwest Bureau, Lagos



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