There was commotion in Owerri, the Imo state capital Tuesday morning, following the alleged escape of a hungry lion from the Nekede Zoo.
Vanguard reported that while most residents of the community closed shop and ran into the safety of their homes, some parents were seen racing to schools to pick their children.
The State House of Assembly recently set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate an allegation that a lion in the same zoo was said to have killed and consumed its kind
Findings on that probe is still being awaited by people of the state.
Reacting, Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Andrew Enwerem, confirmed the incident.
He said,“The Command received this distress call and quickly reacted appropriately by putting the citizens on notice. However, after proper investigation, it was discovered that it was a false alarm”, Enwerem said.
He further disclosed that the alarmist has been picked up.
“The alarmist has been arrested by the police. He is cooling his heels in our custody. He must tell us why he decided to raise the false alarm that created anxiety and confusion among the people”.
He appealed to Imo people to go about their normal business and discountenance the false alarm, “especially as there was no need for the alarm in the first place”.