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Police deny Soyinka house attack video

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Segun Ayinde, Abeokuta

Police in Ogun State have denied the video trending on the social media that Fulani herdsmen invaded the home of Nobel Laurete Prof. Wole Soyinka at Kemta Idi-Aba in Abeokuta South local government area of the state.

The command, who urged well-meaning Nigerians and general public to ignore the video, said it put the record straight that there was no attack on Soyinka’s home by the herdsmen which is situated at Ijegba Forest as also disseminate by some online media.

The police public relations officer, DSP, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said in a statement in Abeokuta, that one Kazeem Sorinola an indegine of Ijeun Abeokuta, who is into cattle business was said to have been told by a young Fulani man, Awalu Muhammad, that one of his cows had gone missing.

Oyeyemi divulged that while the Fulani man was searching for the stray cow around Kemta Estate, around Prof Wole Soyinka’s house, Soyinka, who was going out, saw him with some of the cows and asked where the man was heading to with the cows and ordered him to move his cattle away from his environment.

The DPO, Kemta division, on hearing the incident immediately moved his patrol team to the scene and asked the owner of the cattle to come with the Fulani man in charge of his cattle for interrogation and proper profiling.

The police spokesperson said that the entire place was inspected by the DPO and it was established that the case was that of stray cow as nothing was damaged or tampered with.

He said that it took the command by surprise to see the video circulating on social media that the respected Professor Soyinka’s house was invaded by Fulani herdsmen with the aim to attack or kill him.

Meanwhile, the commissioner of police, CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun has been to the scene for on-the-spot assessment and personally interviewed the owner of the cattle Kazeem Sorinola, as well as the Fulani man who is in charge of the cattle and their statements show clearly that the mischievous narrative of invitation is nothing to take serious.”

According to the PPRO “The attention of Ogun state police command has been drawn to a video circulating on social media about a purported attack of Nobel Laureate Prof Wole Soyinka’s house by Fulani herdsmen and the command wishes to set the record straight as follows.”

“Yesterday Tuesday 9th of February 2021, one Kazeem Sorinola an indegine of Ijeun Abeokuta, who is into cattle business, said to have been informed by a young Fulani man Awalu Muhammad who was taking care of the cattle that one of the cows had got missing.”

“While the Fulani man was searching for the stray cow around Kemta estate where the Prof Wole Soyinka’s house is located, the Prof. himself who was going out then saw the Fulani man with some of the cows and he came down to ask where the man was heading to with the cows. He there and then asked the Fulani man to move the cattle away from the vicinity.”

“It was, therefore, a thing of surprise to see a video trending on social media that the respected Professor Wole Soyinka’s house was invaded by Fulani herdsmen with the view to attack or kill him.

“The video is nothing but a calculated attempt by mischief makers to cause panic in the mind of people. There is nothing like invasion of Prof Wole Soyinka’s house or any form of attack on his person.” he stressed.

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