The Nigeria government has threatened to sanction CNN, the foreign media outlet, after its report on the alleged Lekki Tollgate Shooting of #EndSARS Protesters by Nigerian Army on October 20, 2020.
Mohammed, the Minister for Information and Culture, made it known on Thursday at a press conference in FCT, Abuja.
He further described CNN’s report as “irresponsible journalism” and described the October 20, 2020 event as a “massacre without bodies.”
Lia also insisted that there was no single body produced by the family as a claim for the Lekki Toll Gate Shooting.
He said that the foreign news Medium relied on only social media video without verification to produce its report.
“Like everyone else, I watched the CNN report. It reinforces the disinformation that is going around, and it is blatantly irresponsible and a poor piece of journalistic work by a reputable international news organization.
“CNN engaged in incredible sensationalism and did a great disservice to itself and to journalism.
“In the first instance, CNN, which touted its report as an exclusive investigative report, sadly relied on the same videos that have been circulating on social media, without verification.
“This is very serious, and CNN should be sanctioned for that.
“CNN merely said the videos were” obtained by CNN,” without saying wherefrom and whether or not it authenticated them.
“Were CNN reporters and cameramen at the Lekki Toll Gate that evening? If the answer is no, on what basis were they reporting?
“If CNN had done its investigation properly, it would have known how fake news and disinformation were trending during the End SARS crisis.
“The BBC even reported on this, and we recommend that report to CNN. Talking about the BBC, a reporter with the BBC’s Pidgin Service, Damilola Banjo, was at Lekki Toll Gate protest ground that night.
” She was quoted as saying soldiers were indeed at the Toll Gate, but they shot “sporadically into the air” and not at the protesters. CNN that was not at the scene, reported otherwise.
“In its jaundiced reporting, CNN was blind to the fact that six soldiers and 37 policemen were killed in unprovoked attacks.
“Obviously, CNN did not consider the security agents human enough,” he said.
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