Reports that Fulani herdsmen stormed the residence of famous Nigerian .wright Wole Soyinka in Abeokuta on Tuesday, February 9 has been debunked by the Ogun State Police.
DSP Abimbola Oyeymi, the spokesman of the command released a statement saying that Kazeem Sorinola, a resident of Ijeun Abeokuta who is into the cattle business, was alerted by a Fulani man Awalu Muhammad takes care of the cattle that one of the cows had got missing around the vicinity of Prof. Wole Soyinka.
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”While the Fulani man was searching for the stray cow around kemta estate w. 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 w. the man was heading to with the cows. He t. 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 the 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 cow as nothing was damaged or tampered with.
It was t.fore a thing of surprise to see a video trending on social media that the respected Professor wole soyinka’s house was invaded by Fulani herdersmen 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. T. is nothing like invasion of Prof Wole soyinka’s house or any form of attack on his person.
The commissioner of police CP Edward Awolowo Ajogun has been to the scene for on the spot assessment, and he 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 invation is nothing to take serious.”
Meanwhile, those circulating fake news have been warned to put a stop to it or face full rigour of the law.
”It is an offence for anybody to originate or help in circulating fake news, the command will t.fore, henceforth be tracing and fishing out those deliberately dishing out fake information to members of the public especially the one that cause panic in the mind of innocent people.”Oyeyemi said
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