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Lekki Shooting: CNN Got Its News From Questionable Social Media – Information Minister

Alhaji Lai Muhammed
Alhaji Lai Muhammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has accused international news channel, CNN of getting its news on EndSARS shooting at Lekki in Lagos mainly from questionable social media.

He said: “we are accusing them (CNN) of basing their stories on videos sourced on social media. CNN has been inconsistent. It also doctored the video it got. We are confident in our position.”

The Minister, who reacted to the release of the second ‘investigative report’ on the shootings at Lekki toll plaza during the #EndSARS protests depite threats of sanction from the Federal Government, while speaking on NTA today, November 25, said: “they (CNN) did the story without contacting the Federal Government for its own side. They relied on second and third parties narratives.

“What we are asking CNN is that where is your evidence? The military has been consistent. CNN contravenes the basic principles of journalism – fairness, and balance. They (CNN) were caught spreading fake news and they are trying to escape.”

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When asked about the second CNN’s report, Mohammed said: “it shows that they (CNN) are desperate. The so-called recent development has been seen before. There is nothing new. If there is anything new, it is a contradiction of CNN’s position.”

Speaking on the protest letter written to CNN, the minister said: “We have received an acknowledgment and we were told that the letter has been passed to the editorial team.”

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