A Fulani herdsman identified as Awwalu has been arrested by the Ogun State Police for grazing his cattle on the Abeokuta estate of Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka.
Some of his cows reportedly strayed into his estate which is located around Ajangboun in Kemta-Idi-Aba in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State.
Dr. Olaokun Soyinka, one of the Nobel Laureate’s children, confirmed the incident in a statement on Wednesday.
He however denied reports of alleged attack on Soyinka’s residence.
“Prof Soyinka has been living in the forest at the outskirt of Abeokuta in Area designated as GRA since the late 1980s.
“However, in recent times, cattle herders have desecrated the grounds of Professor Soyinka’s compound by flooding it with cows.
“The Professor summoned the herdsmen and sternly warned them to stop the ugly practice. He told them in very clear terms that it was unacceptable.”
“When the Prof accosted them, they fled into the bush leaving their cows behind.
“Prof Soyinka reported the incident to the Police which later arrested the herdsmen and their cows.
“We can say categorically that Prof Soyinka and his house were not physically attacked but his compound was violated by recalcitrant herdsmen who wanted to turn his compound to a grazing field.
“Prof Soyinka and his family remain okay in their Abeokuta home.”
Kazeem Sorinola, the onwer of the cows, said he hired the herdsman to help him rear the cows within the area where Soyinka estate was located.
“I am Kazeem Sorinola, I hired Awwalu to help me rear my cattle. What happened was that yesterday, suddenly, he called me that a cow was missing. Because of the situation, he abandoned the rest and they strayed. As he was redirecting them, they strayed into Baba Soyinka’s house.
“I later saw Baba Soyinka with policemen searching for the herder. I took the herder to the police station and we have found the missing cow. The herder was not armed. I have 23 cows, only one missed and we have found it.”
Also confirming the incident, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, said contrary to reports that Fulani herdsmen invaded Prof. Soyinka’s house, the cows were actually owned by a Yoruba man.
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