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Escaped lion from Jos Wildlife Park killed


Lion killedA LION, which escaped early yesterday from a wild life park in Jos, Plateau State, has been killed.

An official of the Plateau State Ministry of Tourism, in charge of the park, Abdullahi Abe, told newsmen that the animal had been shot dead.

He said the body of the lion would be taken to the National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom, Jos south Local Government Area of the state, for preservation.

The Acting General Manager, Plateau Tourism Corporation, Mr. John Doy, the lion escaped “at about 8 a.m. while it was being fed.”

Doy said that the lion, which had been caged since 1972, “slipped through the gate of the cage when it was opened for its routine feeding.”

In order to contain the situation, the acting general manager informed all security agencies to come to the park’s assistance.

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer, Plateau Police Command, Mr Emmanuel Abuh, said: “We are somewhere, cannot talk to anyone.”

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