Olabode Olawuyi, the zookeeper at OAU who lost his life in an encounter with a lion, has been laid to rest

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Olabode Olawuyi, the dedicated zookeeper at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun State, who tragically lost his life while attempting to rescue a colleague from a lion attack, has been laid to rest.

Mr. Olawuyi, a respected veterinary technologist, met his untimely demise on February 19, when a nine-year-old lion at the university’s zoological garden turned aggressive. He valiantly intervened to save his fellow colleague during the harrowing incident.

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The solemn burial ceremony took place on Wednesday at the OAU Cemetery, following a poignant funeral service held at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Ile-Ife. Family, friends, and colleagues, alongside university staff, gathered to bid farewell to the departed soul.

During the service, Pastor Olu Okotoni delivered a stirring sermon, emphasizing the inevitability of death and the importance of spiritual preparation for life’s final journey. He highlighted Olawuyi’s selfless act of bravery, describing it as a testament to his character and faith.

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“We believe we will see him again on the glorious day. He was a born-again Christian until his last breath, and he lived a fulfilled life,” Pastor Okotoni remarked, offering solace to the grieving congregation.

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Meanwhile, university spokesperson Abiodun Olarewaju confirmed that the male lion responsible for the tragic incident was euthanized to prevent further harm. Olawuyi, who had dedicated over a decade to caring for the zoological garden, leaves behind a legacy of service and sacrifice that will be remembered by all who knew him.

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