Details have emerged of how Fulani herdsmen on Tuesday attacked the house of Nobel Laurette, Prof. Wole Soyinka in Abeokuta.
It was gathered that the herders led their cattle to graze in Prof Soyinka’s unfenced compound on Tuesday despite his strong warnings to the herdsmen to desist from grazing on his property.
Prof Soyinka has been living in the forest at the outskirt of Abeokuta in Area designated as GRA since late 1980s.
However, in recent times cattle herders have desecrated the grounds of Professor Soyinka’s compound by flooding it with cows.
The Professor had summoned the herdsmen and sternly warned them to stop the ugly practice, stressing in “very clear terms that it was unacceptable”.
“However, the herdsmen broke the rules yesterday thinking that Prof Soyinka was not home. When the Prof accosted them, they fled into the bush leaving their cows behind. Prof Soyinka reported the incident to the Police which later arrested the herdsmen and their cows.
“We can say categorically that Prof Soyinka and his house were not physically attacked but his compound was violated by recalcitrant herdsmen who wanted to turn his compound to a grazing field. Prof Soyinka and his family remain okay in their Abeokuta home,” noted Dr Olu Agunloye, an associate of Prof Soyinka.
It was learnt that Soyinka had moved to Lagos in the meantime, following the attack while one of the herders has been arrested.