Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has insisted that his home was recently invaded by cattle belonging to Fulani herdsmen.
Soyinka made the assertion while speaking on Arise TV on Thursday.
Recall that the police in Ogun State had erroneously claimed on Wednesday that a young Fulani man, Awalu Muhammad, whose cow had got missing, entered Soyinka’s vicinity in search of the animal.
Speaking on the development, Wole Soyinka urged the police not to lie about the incident.
Word of Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka
Soyinka said, “The police need to be educated when it comes to the invasion of homes, we are not talking just about the physical building but the home and the grounds. No cattle people attacked me, that is the fact. I am here physically, I have no injury, that never happened, but my home was invaded by cattle.
“Why should the police go to such lengths to suggest that I have nothing to do than to go accosting cattle on the road? What’s my business with cattle on the road? We drove them out of my property with my grounds-man. In fact, they began the expulsion process. So, I joined them in herding the cattle out of my premises.
“After that, once they were out of my property, that was when I arrested the cows. Why did I arrest them? On exiting my property just outside by the gate, I beckoned to the herder. I said, ‘Come over here, haven’t I given you a warning before?’ He turned around and proceeded walking along, and then I walked towards him. So, he left into the bush and disappeared.
“His assistant also disappeared. We were left with the cattle. I peed the cattle by the roadside, called one of my grounds-men to stand there with me, and I sent for the police to come and take over. That is a very simple, ordinary, commonsensical proceeding.
“Why should the police find it necessary to say these cattle and the herdsmen were never in my property? What kind of nonsense? It is a distraction from more serious issues. I hate to be personal at the centre of issues like this. I am more concerned about students in Ondo who were being waylaid by herdsmen, being kidnapped. I am more concerned about people in Ogun State who are being butchered. So, please, I wish to beg the police, don’t make a big issue out of this. Don’t lie.”