The Lagos State House of Assembly is deliberating on a bill to bar residents from owning wild animals like lions , snakes and others , The PUNCH has learnt .
The proposed law is known as “ A Bill for Law to Regulate Ownership , Licensing , Care and Sale of Pets and Prohibit or Restrict Persons from Having Custody of Animals Dangerous to the Public and Where Permitted to License , Control and Regulate the Custody of Such Animals and for Other Connected Purposes ’ .
According to a document sighted by The PUNCH, the public hearing for the bill held last week on December 17 , 2020 , and it was chaired by Mr . Kehinde Joseph , who is the Chairman , House Committee on Agriculture .
It was learnt that the bill prescribes hefty fines and jail terms for persons who flout the law .
The bill also seeks to promote animal rights and regulate the sale of animals .
The proposed law comes exactly a year after an Indian citizen residing in Lagos was found to have harboured a lion in his private residence located opposite a primary school and crèche .Acting on a petition by a concerned resident , the Lagos State Government stormed the house located at 229 Muri Okunola Street , Victoria Island, and tranquilised and evacuated the animal to Omu Resorts Zoo in Lekki after 72 hours of close observation by the police .
According to reports , officials of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences ( Enforcement ) , together with officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture and medical personnel from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan , performed the evacuation.
The Indian who owned the lion was , however , not arrested .
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