Family, friends bid farewell to OAU zoo attendant killed by lion

The remains of Olabode Olawuyi, the zoo attendant killed by a lion at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Zoological Garden, Ile-Ife, have been laid to rest.


The burial took place on Wednesday at OAU Cemetery after a funeral service at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Ile-Ife.


In his sermon, Pastor Olu Okotoni said death was unavoidable and that everyone should prepare ahead of his or her last day on earth.


Okotoni, who noted that Olawuyi’s death came unexpectedly, said that man was appointed to die once and thereafter, judgment.


He said the deceased made a sacrificial service to save the life of another junior staff member who was first attacked by the lion.


“We believe we will see him again on this glorious day.


“He was a born-again Christian until his last breath, and he lived a fulfilled life,” he said.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Olawuyi, an Assistant Chief Veterinary Technologist, was killed by a nine-year-old lion at the zoological garden on Feb. 19.


The deceased was attacked while attempting to rescue a woman who was initially attacked by the lion.


Mr. Abiodun Olarewaju, OAU Public Relations Officer, said in a statement that the male lion was thereafter euthanized.


The late Olawuyi was said to have been in charge of the zoological garden for over a decade before the ghastly incident.


NAN reports that the wife of the deceased, children, and members of the university staff were present at the funeral service. (NAN)

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