The Oyo State Government has announced the immediate closure of Agodi Zoo after a rampaging lion killed an attendant who had worked at the facility for over five years.
The government said the decision was based on the report received from the company managing the Zoo, AM & C, that one of the lions at the Zoo had accidentally attacked one of the attendants, Mr. Hamzat Oyekunle, popularly known as Baba Olorunwa, who later died from injuries sustained from the incident.
Meanwhile, the lions have been evacuated pending further investigations.
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 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 of the deceased to commiserate with them over the demise of Mr. Oyekunle.