- The police in Ogun state have given an update regarding the alleged herder's attack on Professor Soyinka's house
- According to the police, the incident was a case of cows straying into the professor's land, not an attack
- The police also noted that the cows belong to a Yoruba man who employed a Fulani herdsman to take care of them
The Ogun state police command has confirmed that some cows trespassed into the compound of Nigeria's Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka.
The Cable reported that the command, however, revealed that a Yoruba man, not Fulani, owns the cows.
Legit.ng gathers that the police stated on Wednesday, February 10, that the cows are owned by one Kazeem Sorinola, who employed a Fulani herder to take charge of them.
The Ogun police also refuted the claim that Soyinka's house was attacked, saying it was a case of cows straying into the property.
Nigerians react on social media
Prince Ezekiel Ogah commented on Facebook:
"Whether owned by Yoruba or Fulani, it shouldn't have. Stop attaching lawlessness to any ethnic group. Point is cows should be allowed to roam about anyhow irrespective of who owns them."
Ahamed Garba simply commented:
"That is good."
Michael Edu, seemed not convinced with the police's statement, said:
"Must always defend Cows."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Olaokun Soyinka, son of Professor Soyinka, had debunked the report claiming that herders attacked his father’s house in Ogun state.
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 another report, Soyinka has 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.
Meanwhile, the presidency has said President Muhammadu Buhari cannot react to every opinion or matter arising in the country.
This was disclosed on Tuesday, February 9, by Femi Adesina, the special adviser on media and publicity to the president.
Adesina was reacting to the call on President Buhari to address the issue of herdsmen by notable Nigerians like Professor Soyinka.