The Secretary-General of the Pan-African Writers Association (PAWA), Mr. Wale Okediran has debunked rumour that Abeokuta house of Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka was attacked by Fulani herdsmen on Tuesday.
Rumour has it that Professor Soyinka was attacked on Tuesday. He later moved to Lagos, as one of the herders has been arrested.
Rumour added that the rest Fulani herdsmen ran away, leaving their cows behind.
However, the former President association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) in a statement on Wednesday said, the news of the attack is untrue, stressing that the herdsmen led their cattle to graze in Professor Soyinka’s unfenced compound on Tuesday despite his strong warnings.
He explained further that the herdsmen broke the rules on Tuesday, thinking that Prof Soyinka was not home.
On sighting Professor Soyinka, they left their cows behind the fled into the bush.
In his word, “The trending story that herdsmen went to attack Professor Wole Soyinka in his house in Abeokuta is not true. Herdsmen did not break into his house.
“There were no attacks and no attempts to attack the Nobel Laureate.
“What happened was that herdsmen led their cattle to graze in Professor Soyinka’s unfenced compound again yesterday despite his strong warnings to the herdsmen.
“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 summoned the herdsmen and sternly warned them to stop the ugly practice. He told them 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.”