Nigeria’s Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) extended its condolences to the family of Reuben Fasoranti, a Yoruba leader whose daughter was killed in an ambush.
Funke Olakunrin was traveling to Lagos when armed men ambushed his vehicle and other travelers near Ore, in the state of Ondo, killing her on the spot and injuring her assistant.
The attack caused anxiety throughout the country, among the claims that was made by pastors who wanted to kidnap a 58-year-old man.
Police accused the attack of thieves and armed kidnappers.
In a statement by Baba Uthman, the national security officer of MACBAN, the group claimed that he recognized the death as a great loss to the nation and sympathized with the Fasorantis.
MACBAN also called on furious Nigerians to provide security agencies with sufficient time to investigate the violence and maintain conclusions on the ethnic identity of the killers in the interests of national unity.
The statement reads, “As we express sincere heartfelt condolence to the family of the deceased, we are left in a deep shock on how a section of the media in collaboration with elements in the country that are held bane (sic) on using every opportunity available to them to fuel crisis as they continue the negative profiling of Fulanis for their total annihilation by jumping into a mischievous conclusion that she was killed by herdsmen.
“We strongly condemn this very unprofessional, unpatriotic and callous news reportage patterns that have been conscripted against our people by the section of the media.
“We are calling on security agencies to swing into action, and unravel the perpetrators to bring them to justice in the shortest possible time,” Mr Uthman said.