The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed recently reacted to the report in Abuja at a media briefing on the EndSARS protest and its aftermath.
According to him, the report is fake and a huge disservice to journalism profession, therefore he expects a sanction against the international news organization.
He added that CNN clearly goofed in its preconceived stance that the soldiers who were deployed to Lekki Toll Gate shot at protesters, murdered some of them.
His words, “Like everyone else, I watched the CNN report and I must tell you that it reinforces the disinformation that is going round, and it is blatantly irresponsible and a poor piece of journalistic work by a reputable international news organisation.
“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 are they reporting? Relying on second or third hand information and presenting it as ”CNN Investigation”?
“Is this what is expected from an international media organization or any serious news organization?
“If CNN had done its investigation properly, it would have known how fake news and disinformation were trending during the EndSARS crisis.”
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