- A Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, has contradicted accounts given by the police about herdsmen invasion on his property
- Soyinka narrated how the invasion of his property occurred
- The professor expressed displeasure over the statement released by the police concerning the incident
A Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, has said his property was recently invaded by herdsmen in Abeokuta, Ogun state.
Soyinka in a statement sent to Premium Times, on Thursday, February 11, accused the police of lying when it said only one cow strayed into his compound.
He said when the invasion occurred; he was then driving out of the property but had to come down and join his men in chasing the cows off the property.
The professor disclosed that he detained some of the cows and reported the incident to the police.
He described the denial by the police as unprofessional.
‘’I thoroughly resent the police version which suggests that the cows never invaded my home: home is not just a building; it includes its grounds. And it was not a stray cow, or two or three. It was a herd – we have photos, so why the lie? It is so unnecessary, unprofessional and suspiciously compromised.’’
In another news, Soyinka has expressed concern over the high rate of insecurity in the country, saying he does not believe President Muhammadu Buhari is in charge of the country.
According to Daily Trust, the Nobel Laureate mad ethe statement when during a programme on Arise TV.
Soyinka said happenings in the country shows Buhari does not understand the gravity of the farmer-herders crisis.
Meanwhile, the Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on security.
Ortom made the call on Thursday, February 11 while addressing journalists including a Legit.ng reporter in Abuja.
The governor also stated that those carrying out attacks on communities in Nigeria are not Nigerians but foreign Fulani herdsmen, who he said took advantage of the country's porous borders to gain entry.
Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at Legit.ng. He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.