2-year-old Lion, the ‘Mai guard’ Removed from Victoria Island Apartment


Officials of the Lagos State environmental and special offense task force has sedated and evacuated a lion found guarding a residential apartment at No. 229 Muri Okunola Street, Victoria Island.

The bizarre ‘Mai guard’ which is reportedly owned by an Indian national was removed from the building on Monday afternoon.

‘Mai guard’ is a popular word use for residential security guard.

Chairman of the taskforce, Yinka Egbeyemi said the two-year-old cub was removed and take to a zoo in Omu Resorts, Lekki.

According to Mr. Egbeyemi the exercise was carried out in collaboration with officials of the Lagos state ministry of agriculture and medical personnel from the faculty of veterinary medicine, University of Ibadan.

He said the medical team led by Mr. Ogunmo Bamidele, had to tranquilise the lion thrice before evacuation.

“Immediately I got the petition, I deployed my officers to the house at No. 229, Muri-Okunola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, where they kept a close watch for more than 72 hours before the lion was finally removed today,” Egbeyemi said.

“In as much as we appreciate residents around Victoria Island for their quick action, we urge every member of the public to be observant in their immediate environment and report any strange or unusual activity to appropriate government authority for prompt action.”

He said the owner of the lion cub had also been invited for questioning. He assured residents that the owner of the lion “will face the full wrath of the law”, warning residents to desist from keeping wild animals that endanger the lives of others.