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The purported trending video on social media on the invasion of Prof Wole Soyinka resident in Abeokuta by HERDSMEN have been described as falsehood and misleading.
Ogun state Police Command in a press release made available to our correspondent few hours ago, said”The attention of Ogun state police command has been drawn to a video circulating on social media about a purported attack of Nobel Laurete Prof Wole Soyinka’s house by Fulani herdersmen 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 is 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. “
The statement also added that,”The DPO Kemta division, who heard about the incident quickly moved to the scene with 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.”
The said video was calculated attempt by mischief makers to cause panic in the mind of people.
Our correspondent who visited the area confirmed that there was 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 was seen at 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 was in charge of the cattle.
The command warned the fake news peddler to desist from it as they may be made to feel the weight of the law. “It is an offence for anybody to originate or help in circulating fake news, the command will therefore, 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.”