There was panic on Saturday night around Zoo road in Kano metropolis when a lion escaped from its cage at Kano Zoological garden.
Sources told DAILY NIGERIAN that the incident happened when the big cat overpowered rangers trying to put it back to its cage after agricultural show outing.
Although the zoo officials could not be reached for comment, the spokesman for Kano Police Command, DSP Abdullahi kiyawa, confirmed the incident.
He however said the lion was still within the zoo area.
He also said that a search team has been deployed to look for the lion, adding that policemen have been deployed to the area to maintain law and order.
Mr Kiyawa said no reported injury so far on the part of the rangers or other officials.