July 15, 2024

The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), situated in Ile-Ife, Osun State, is grappling with a profound tragedy following the untimely demise of Mr. Olabode Olawuyi, a Veterinary Technologist who diligently served as the caretaker of the Zoological garden for over ten years.

As per a press release by the University’s Public Relations Officer, Abiodun Olarewaju, the unfortunate incident transpired on Monday, February 19, 2024. Mr. Olawuyi was attacked by a 9-year-old male lion while carrying out his duties of feeding the animals within their enclosure at the Zoological garden.

Despite the courageous efforts of other staff members present, the attack proved fatal, inflicting severe injuries on Mr. Olawuyi.

Upon receiving the distressing news, the University’s management, under the leadership of Vice-Chancellor Professor Adebayo Simeon BAMIRE, promptly suspended ongoing activities to assess the situation firsthand.

Despite exhaustive medical efforts, as confirmed by the Acting Director of the University Health and Medical Centre, Dr. Tirimisiyu Olatunji, Mr. Olawuyi succumbed to his injuries.

In response to the incident, the aggressive lion responsible for the attack has been euthanized by the authorities. Mr. Olawuyi had been entrusted with the care of the lions since their birth on campus around nine years ago, intensifying the tragic circumstances of his death.

In a gesture of solidarity, the University management has dispatched a delegation to offer condolences to the deceased’s widow and children, encouraging them to seek solace in faith during this trying period.

Meanwhile, Vice-Chancellor Professor Adebayo Simeon BAMIRE has initiated a comprehensive investigation into the incident’s circumstances, aiming to uncover both its immediate and underlying causes.

As the OAU community mourns the loss of Mr. Olabode Olawuyi, they unite in prayer, beseeching for his soul to find eternal peace.

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