A lion has reportedly escaped from its cage in Kano Zoological garden throwing the residents of the area into panic News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The incident which occurred Saturday night on Saturday night has left the residents of Zoo road in Kano metropolis indoors for fear of falling prey to the lose lion.
NAN reports that the incident happened around 9 p.m. when the rangers were trying to put it back to its cage after they returned it from the national agricultural show which took place in Nasarawa state.
A source at the zoological garden told NAN that effort was being made to capture the animal which was still within the zoo premises.
A resident of Zoo Road, Malam Rabiu Lawal, who said he has never been this scared told NAN that himself and his family will remain indoors until announcement is made of the capture of the lion.
”My entire family members will be indoors even if it will take one month to recover the lion. I have not experienced this kind of fear since I packed into this area more than 15 years,” he said.
NAN reports armed policemen have been deployed to the area while a search team was trying to capture the lion.
The Managing Director of Kano Zoological Garden, Alhaji Saidu Gwadabe, who confirmed the deployment of a team of experts to capture the escaped lion told NAN in Kano on Sunday that the experts were armed with necessary weapons to ensure the success of the operation and the safety of their lives as well as the safety of the residents of the area.
Gwadabe said the team would do everything possible to capture the lion which is said still be within the garden.
“We don’t want to kill the lion unless it becomes the last option as they can shot it to make it unconscious.”
He, however, expressed hope that the operation would be successful as the lion had not destroyed or harmed anyone. (NAN)