The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has reacted to the exclusive report released by Cable News Network (CNN) on the Lekki Tollgate incident where soldiers allegedly shot at protesters on October 20, 2020.
At a press briefing in Abuja, Lai Mohammed condemned the CNN report describing it as “irresponsible journalism”.
The Minister said CNN relied on unverified and doctored videos in its report, adding that this action will earn the media organization sanction.
Mohammed also insisted that no protester was killed in the incident, describing it as a “massacre without bodies”. He said the Nigerian Army only fired blank ammunition which can do no damage to the human flesh.
The minister also called on anyone with compelling evidence to disprove the government’s stance to approach the judicial panel of inquiry sitting in Lagos State.
In addition, Mohammed stressed that the irresponsible use of social media aggravated the violence in several parts of the country following the #ENDSARS protests.
He noted that while the government has no plans to shut down social media, it is work with stakeholders to regulate the social media space to contain the spread of fake news.
Addressing the sanctions imposed on three media organisations by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mohammed said it was justified as the stations aired unverified contents in breach of broadcasting code.