Lagos Taskforce Evacuates Lion From Victoria Island House To Zoo
Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences Unit, has tranquilized and removed a two-year-old lion from a residential building at number 229, Muri Okunola Street, Victoria Island, VI, Lagos.
The lion which was discovered in the early hours on Monday has be captured and kept in a cage
The lion is said to be owned by an India National living in the apartment.
According to the chairman of the state task-force, Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, Yinka Egbeyemi, the said, “The lion was found on No. 229 Muri Okunola Street. Our Black Maria and men have been there since Friday.
Egbeyemi further explained that the lion was removed at about 1:pm and relocated to one of the zoos in the state for proper habitation and tendering.
“There is no cause for the alarm to the people living in and around Muri-Okunola, V.I as men of the agency and officials of the relevant state ministries evacuated the lion and was taken to one of the zoos in the state for proper habitation and tendering”, he said.
Egbeyemi, however, said the Indian national who owns the lion has been invited for questioning but is yet to honour the invitation.
“Administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State will not condone any act inimical to the security of lives and property of citizenry”, he added.
Egbeyemi noted that the Indian might also be prosecuted, as he would have to explain how he brought the carnivore into the state.
“He will have to tell us why he is rearing a lion in a city; that is a wild animal and anything can happen. So, he may be prosecuted.”