Yoruba man owns cows that strayed into Soyinka’s compound – Police

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The Ogun State Police Command has said that the cows that strayed into the home of Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka in the Kemta area of Abeokuta, Ogun State on Wednesday belonged to a Yoruba man.

The state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi, stated this while debunking social media reports of an attack on Soyinka’s home.

Recall that Soyinka’s son, Dr. Olaokun, had also released a statement on social media in which he refuted the reported attack.

He said that the purveyors of the “fake” story of Fulani hoodlums attacking his father were out to “encourage discord”.

Addressing reporters, Oyeyemi identified the owner of the herd of cattle as Kazeem Sorinola.

He said that the owner employed a Fulani herdsman to take care of the cows.

The police image-maker said, “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.”

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Explaining what transpired, Oyeyemi said, “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 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.”

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