The Oasis Reporters
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Tearful European tourists visiting the Agodi Park zoological gardens in Ibadan, South West Nigeria were observed in tears recently when they came and discovered that the lions at the Park had been evacuated to an unknown destination.
Moving them away was the natural reaction of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state when one of the lions killed a man identified as Hamzat Oyekunle at the gardens recently.
Following the killing, the state government has announced the immediate closure of the market.
The government based it’s decision 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.
The government’s decision was contained in a statement by the Executive Secretary, Bureau of Investment Promotion (BIP), Mr. Yinka Fatoki who expressed shock at the unfortunate incident.
He found the incident 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 Mr. Oyekunle to commiserate with them over their bread winner’s demise.
Worthy of note is the Ibadan destination of European and American tourists ever since the celebrity lion, Cecil was shot and killed in Zimbabwe.
Wild animal watching traffic turned to the serene city of Ibadan.
Reacting angrily to the issue, PDP chieftain, Engr. Seyi Makinde has told Governor Abiola Ajimobi to probe the Agodi lion killing of it’s keeper, Mr. Hamzat Oyekunle in order to forestall future occurrences.
Seyi Makinde is said to be a major contender for the governorship election in the 2019 Oyo State gubernatorial contest under the platform of the PDP, Nigeria’s main opposition party.
Mr. Abiola Ajimobi of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, is set to retire in 2019, after completing his second and final tenure by May 29, 2019 .