Noboa’s term will run only through May 2025, which is what remains of former President Guillermo Lasso's tenure.
Like Escobar, Ecuador's drug lords build private, illegal zoos filled with exotic, trafficked animals
"Having an animal is a status symbol... It demonstrates an individual's rank within a network" of organized crime, an official for the US-based Wildlife Conservation Society told AFP.
Violence erupted in Ecuador three years ago with a rise in criminal activity linked to cocaine trafficking. In August, presidential candidate and anti-corruption crusader Villavicencio was killed.
The SNAI prisons authority announced that "an event occurred" in the Guayas 1 prison in Guayaquil "resulting in six dead people."
Authorities said the brazen actions were the response of criminal groups to the relocation of various inmates and other measures taken by the country's corrections system.
Thousands of people have been killed over the past three years in Ecuador as the country has transformed into a major drug trafficking hub and cartel-aided local gangs battle for control.
The 21-year-old Ecuador international had also been a target for Premier League rivals Liverpool, who on Friday agreed a reported record £110 million fee with Brighton.
Villavicencio was one of the most critical voices against corruption, especially during the 2007-2017 government of President Rafael Correa.
A technical committee has been formed to review how the hospital issues death certificates, the country’s ministry of health said.
Authorities evacuated around 500 people by boat and another 30 by helicopter, the Risk Management Secretariat said.