Breaking: FG Reacts To CNN Report On Lekki Shooting, Threatens Sanction

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed
Breaking: FG Reacts To CNN Report On Lekki Shooting, Threatens Sanction - Vantage News Nigeria
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government has reacted to CNN’s report on the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki toll plaza on October 20, 2020, threatening to sanction the foreign media outlet.

The Nigerian government described the report by the foreign news medium as “irresponsible journalism”.

This was made known by Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, at a press conference in Abuja today conveyed to address pressing issues regarding the #EndSARS protests for police reform that rocked the nation last month.

Insisting that not a single body has been produced or a single family has come out to claim their family member was killed at the Lekki tollgate, the minister described the event of October 20, 2020 as a “massacre without bodies”.

He alleged that CNN relied on social media video without verification to produce its report. “This should earn CNN a serious sanction for irresponsible reporting,” Mohammed said.

Further speaking, Mohammed said the government stands by last Saturday’s testimony of the Commander of 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island, Lagos, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Taiwo, who told the Judicial Panel of Inquiry instituted by the Lagos State Government that blank bullets were fired at the toll gate and that nobody was killed.

He advised persons with evidence on the Lekki shootings to give its testimony before the panel.

He also accused those he referred to as some “unscrupulous persons” and celebrities of circulating fake news on the social media that aggravated the violence that trailed the two-week demonstration.

CNN had on Wednesday released a damning report in which it investigated and confirmed that the Nigerian Army used live bullets on the protesters killing some of them contrary to the army claim.

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