Following the second report on the incident at Lekki toll plaza by CNN, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has accused the news outfit of desperation.
The Minister took to the National Television Authority, NTA, on Wednesday to air his opinion.
The second report as released by CNN on the shootings is coming during the period the UK parliament threatens to sanction the Federal Government of Nigeria.
But the minister criticized CNN’s reports, stating that it is inadequate and lacking in credibility.
When the Minister was quizzed 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.”
“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.”
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“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.”
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