The Ogun state police command has revealed that the cows that trespassed into the compound of Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, are owned by a Yoruba man.
Speaking with journalists on Wednesday, Abimbola Oyeyemi, the police spokesman, said the cows are owned by one Kazeem Sorinola, who employed a Fulani herder to take charge of the animals.
“The cows are owned by a gentleman by the name, Kazeem Sorinola, who is Yoruba. He put the cows in charge of a Fulani man. The cows are not owned by any Fulani man, but he is the person in charge of the cows,” Oyeyemi said.
TheCable had earlier reported that Olaokun, son of the Nobel laureate, had debunked reports that his father’s house in Kemta area of Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, was attacked by suspected herdsmen.
A voice in a viral video who claimed to work for a media house had said some herders attacked Soyinka’s house and threatened to kill him.
However, the Ogun police spokesman also refuted the alleged attack, saying it was a case of cows straying into Soyinka’s property.
“While the Fulani man was searching for the stray cow around Kemta estate where professor 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 had said.
“He there and then asked the Fulani man to move the cattle away from the vicinity. The DPO, Kemta division, who heard about the incident, quickly moved to the scene with a patrol team and the owner of the cows was invited to come with the Fulani man in charge of the cattle.
“The duo were questioned and properly profiled. The entire place was inspected by the DPO, and it was established that it was just a case of stray cows, as nothing was damaged or tampered with.”