- Amid the rising herdsmen crisis in the southwest, a video recently surfaced on social media claiming some herders attacked Soyinka's house in Ogun state
- The Nobel laureate's son, Olaokun, has, however, debunked the video, saying his father was not attacked
- Olaokun said while some cows truly strayed onto his land, there was no attack or violence whatsoever
Olaokun Soyinka, son of Wole Soyinka, Nigeria's Nobel laureate, has debunked the report claiming that herders attacked his father’s house in Ogun state.
The Cable reported that Olaokun made this known in a statement on Wednesday, February 10.
Legit.ng gathers that he was reacting to a viral video on social media in which it was alleged that the Nobel laureate’s house was attacked by herders on Tuesday, February 9.
In the viral video, a voice who claimed to work for a media house alleged that some herders attacked Soyinka’s house and threatened to kill him.
The narrator in the video further claimed that the herders were arrested and remanded at a police station in the southwest state.
Nevertheless, Olaokun said some herders indeed trespassed into his father's land but reiterated that the revered professor was not attacked and there was no violence.
The statement reads in part:
“To repeat, I have confirmed that while cows did stray onto his land yesterday, there has been no attack, no violence and no attempt to enter the house.
“Kindly debunk this information where you can. We do not need confusion added to the already tense situation in the country.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Professor Soyinka sounded a warning over the herdsmen crisis across communities in Nigeria.
The Nobel laureate said if not properly handled, it could degenerate into a civil war.
In an interview with BBC Pidgin, Soyinka said the herders have continued acting with impunity because they feel it is one of their kinsman that is in power.