The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on Thursday, November 19, 2020, reacted to an investigative report on the October 20 Lekki shootings published by US-based media giant, CNN.
Lai Mohammed made this known at a press conference in Abuja, describing the report as one-dimensional and lacking in balance.
The government described the report by the foreign news medium as “irresponsible journalism”.
He also validated a report done by the BBC, which he claimed was based more on facts.
The Minister 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.
He stated that 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 urged that persons who have alleged massacres, as well as relatives with missing family members, report at the judicial panel to lay official complaints.
He also said the CNN report conveniently excluded the looting, violence by citizens, 269 private facilities burnt and looted, 243 govt facilities vandalized.