Suspected herdsmen have invaded the residence of Wole Soyinka, renowned playwright, professor and Nobel Laureate, in Ogun state. The scholar disclosed this on Friday while speaking at a forum in Freedom Park, Lagos . . .
“My home is under invasion . . . From Imeko to Abeokuta is under invasion by herdsmen,” he said.
“The trespasses have been frequent and reported but government is taking security lightly.”
Soyinka, who said the mentality of herdsmen had changed, advised government to use drones in tracking them.
In April 2016, Soyinka had raised the alarm over the invasion of his residence at a time when he was abroad.
Herdsmen had last year attacked Soyinka’s home while he was away abroad. He had said then that he returned from a trip outside the country only to “find that my home ground had been invaded, and a brand-new “Appian way” sliced through my sanctuary. That ‘motorable’ path was made by the hoofed invaders. Both the improvised entry and exit are now blocked.”
Speaking with newsmen on Friday at the Freedom Park, Lagos Island, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, Soyinka said this time the herdsmen came through another path to his doorstep.
Soyinka said with this recent invasion of his home by herdsmen, it meant that “we are living in dangerous time,” saying that the invasion convinced him that the attack was a deliberate act of provocation.
According to him, the attack was life-threatening and alarming as his home and that of his neighbours were invaded by the herdsmen, adding that he had reported the matter to the police in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The Nobel laureate said it was sad that the government was virtually doing nothing about incessant herdsmen attack across the nation as they left behind trails of blood, pains and anguish.
Soyinka said the herdsmen were everywhere now and that they normally come to territories not as peaceful neighbours, but as conquerors.