The Federal Government has threatened to sanction CNN, a foreign media outlet, over its report on the claimed shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki toll plaza on October 20, 2020.
The government described the report by CNN as “irresponsible journalism”.
Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, made this known Today, Thursday at a press conference in Abuja.
According to him, the briefing was called to address lingering issues regarding the #EndSARS protests for police reform that rocked the nation last month.
He described the event of October 20, 2020, as a “massacre without bodies”, 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.
Mohammed said the minister claimed that CNN relied on social media videos without verification to produce its report. “This should earn CNN a serious sanction for irresponsible reporting,”
The Minister added that some “unscrupulous persons” including celebrities circulated fake news on social media that aggravated the violence that trailed the two-week demonstration.
The Information Minister, 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 into the skies at the toll gate.
He advised persons with evidence on the Lekki shootings to give their testimony before the Lagos panel probing the incident.
CNN had published an investigative report this week claiming soldiers fired live ammunition directly at protesters at the Lekki toll gate.