The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed on Thursday said the October 20 Lekki shootings were a “massacre without bodies”. He also described CNN’s report as one-dimensional and lacking in balance.
The Minister made the remark at a press conference in Abuja.
Mr. Mohammed tagged the CNN report as promoting a baseless and preconceived narrative which was one-dimensional and lacking in balance.
He added that CNN should be sanctioned for misinformation and irresponsible reporting. He referred to previous reports done by CNN which lacked balance while insisting that the military fired blank bullets into the air and not at the crowd.
The Information Minister accused CNN’s report of conveniently excluding the looting, violence by citizens, 269 private facilities burnt and looted and the 243 govt facilities vandalized.
Lai Mohammed’s comments come a day after CNN published a report which used smartphone videos got from witnesses to show Nigerian soldiers shooting at unarmed protesters at the Lekki toll-gate.
Also, he validated BBC’s report which he claimed was based more on facts.
He urged the mainstream media to always confirm the accuracy of footages before airing them.
He also added that the government will work with stakeholders to cut down fake news on social media.
The Minister urged persons who had witnessed the alleged massacres, as well as relatives with missing family members, to report at the judicial panel to tender official complaints.
Lai Mohammed said security agents deserve commendation and not condemnation.