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Ogun Police Arrest Herdsmen And Cows In Soyinka’s Compound



Prof. Wole Soyinka


Men of the Ogun state police command have arrested and detained some herdsmen and cows who grazed on the grounds of Professor Sole Soyinka’s house in Abeokuta, the state capital.


In a statement yesterday, Dr. Olu Agunloye said the incident happened after the herdsmen have earlier been warned to desist from such.


Full statement below:


Herdsmen did not attack Prof Soyinka


The trending story that herdsmen went to attack Prof Wole Soyinka in his house in Abeokuta is not true. Herdsmen did not break into his house. There were no attacks and no attempts to attack the Nobel Laureate.


What happened was that herdsmen led their cattle to graze in Prof Soyinka’s unfenced compound again yesterday despite his strong warnings to the herdsmen.


Prof Soyinka has been living in the forest at the outskirt of Abeokuta in Area designated as GRA since 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.


However, the herdsmen broke the rules yesterday thinking that Prof Soyinka was not home. 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.


Dr Olu Agunloye

10 February 2021



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