The Federal Government of Nigeria has threatened that it would sanction international media outlet, CNN, over its recent independent investigation report on the events of October 20, 2020 at the Lekki Tollgate that was hashtagged the #LekkiMassacre.
The FG on Thursday morning described the independent reports of the foreign media CNN as an “irresponsible journalism”.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who that said in a press conference in Abuja today Thursday 19 November 2020, that the events of October 20, 2020, was a “massacre without bodies”, ascribing the #LekkiShootings as a social media massacre. The Minister insisted that not a single body has been produced from the scene of the #LekkiShootings, he further said no single family has come out to claim that their family members were killed at the #LekkiMassacre.
The minister 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.
He also 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.
He advised persons with evidence on the Lekki shootings to give its testimony before the panel.
He also said some “unscrupulous persons” including celebrities circulated fake news on the social media that aggravated the violence that trailed the two-week demonstration.
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