By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta
The domestic staff of the popular playwright and Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka have given account of how suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded the private residence of the renowned Professor.
According to one of the domestic staff who spoke to newsmen on condition of anonymity, the house which is located in a serene forest close to Ilugun village in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital was invaded about two weeks ago.
An online medium, theCable.ng had quoted Soyinka at a public forum in Freedom Park, Lagos, saying, “We are living in dangerous times. My home is under invasion… From Imeko to Abeokuta is under invasion by herdsmen.”
“This is a deliberate act of provocation. The trespasses have been frequent, we have reported to the Police but government is taking security lightly. We need to wake up the government, let them know the seriousness of the issue on ground; these herdsmen are worse than Boko Haram,” Soyinka had said.
But when contacted, the Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Ogun State Police Command, Mr. Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed that the case was yet to be reported to the Command.
The domestic staff who spoke when newsmen visited Soyinka’s said the herdsmen had, on two occasions led their cattle to graze around the residence.
His words, “Yes, it is true that the herdsmen have invaded this place (residence) twice. The last time they came was on Saturday, April 15.”
“They came directly to graze around the house and even got to the frontage and we had to chase them away.”
“Nobody saw them the first time they came, it was after they had gone that, Prof. (Soyinka) saw the footprints of the cattle and drew our (Domestic staff) attention to that”.
He added, “But when they came the second time, they met us and we chased them away and since then, we have not seen them again.”