Yusufu Idegu, a correspondent of The Nation Newspaper, has dismissed reports that he circulated a false story about Danladi Ciroma, north-central chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria (MACBAN).
Idegu’s report on Ciroma describing the killings in Plateau as retaliation for 300 rustled cows and loss of some herders’ lives generated controversy.
Although Ciroma admitted that he spoke with the reporter, he alleged that he was quoted out of context.
“We talked on phone. Sincerely speaking, what that boy wrote was not what I told him. We did not speak on reprisal attacks,” Leadership quoted Ciroma as saying.
The Nigerian media was subjected to severe criticism, with the presidency accusing it of fuelling tension.
But in a message circulated via a WhatsApp group on Tuesday, Idegu maintained that Ciroma made the utterances attributed to him.