A two-year-old “security guard” lion discovered in a residential building in the Victoria Island area of Lagos State has been tranquilised, the state government announced on Monday.
Yinka Egbeyemi, Head of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, who confirmed the development, said the animal was removed from the building at 1:30pm
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The lion was discovered by the unit at 229, Muri Okunola Street in Victoria Island.
According to Egbeyemi, a Chief Superintendent of Police, the evacuation team led by Dr. Ogunmo Bamidele of the Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan, had to tranquilise the lion three times before it was removed.
He also explained that the Indian national, who is said to own the animal, had yet to make himself available for questioning.
“Instead, what he did was to send three Nigerians who claimed to be his workers.
“But we are working with them to know where we can find him.
“Our primary concern now is to remove the lion from the house, which we have done,” he said.
Egbeyemi disclosed that the lion was moved to the zoo in Omu Resorts, Lekki.