CNN's Second Report on Lekki Shootings Shows Desperation -Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, on  Wednesday accused the Cable News Network (CNN) of desperation following the second report on the Lekki toll plaza shootings which occurred on October 20.

Mohammed laid the accusation during an interview with Nigerian Television Authority.

Following its first report last Wednesday, CNN had on Tuesday released a second report on the Lekki shootings.

The Federal Government had on Monday petitioned the news outlet to "investigate" its first report to "determine its authenticity."

The letter was addressed to Jonathan Hawkins, Vice President (Communications), CNN Centre, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. 

According to the FG, it has received an acknowledgment and was told that the letter has been passed to the editorial team.

The minister during the interview with NTA faulted CNN’s reports, saying it lacked credible sources.

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.

“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 did the story without contacting the Federal Government for its own side. They relied on second and third parties narratives.

“They (CNN) were caught spreading fake news and they are trying to escape.

“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.”

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