Some residents of Lagos State were sent into a state of shock after a lion was discovered on Muri Okunola Street, Victoria Island.
The officials of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences (Enforcement) were deployed in the house after residents filed petitions on the presence of the carnivorous animal in the house.
Mr Yinka Egbeyemi, the head of the task force team, said that he was instructed by the Commissioner for the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture to tranquillize the animal. The animal, reportedly owned by an Indian, will be transferred to the zoo.
“The lion was found on No. 229 Muri Okunola Street. Our Black Maria and men have been there since Friday. They will remove the animal on Monday,” Egbeyemi stated.
“The Indian man rented the apartment and lied to the owner of the house that he wanted to be staying there. He claimed that the house was under renovation and brought the animal there. The neighbours saw the thing and that was how we got a petition from them.
“We have sent him a letter that he should come and talk to us. So, by tomorrow, we will like to know how he got the animal. 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.”