The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has incurred the wrath of social media users after saying the October 20 Lekki shootings was a “massacre without bodies”.
The Minister made the remark on Thursday at a press conference in Abuja while reiterating the federal government’s position that military men did not shoot at #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki tollgate area of Lagos state, despite damning evidence to the contrary.
According to Mohammed, CNN should also be sanctioned over its report of the alleged Lekki massacre. The Minister stated that the international news organization goofed in the said report which he also tagged as promoting a baseless and preconceived narrative.
His comments come a day after the US-based media published it findings which, using cellphone videos obtained from witnesses, showed Nigerian soldiers shooting at unarmed protesters at the toll both.
He said that the mainstream media should confirm the veracity of footage used before airing. Mohammed added that the government will work with stakeholders to curb fake news on social media.
He insisted that the soldiers fired a blank bullet at the Lekki toll gate and not even at protesters but into the air and also noted that the Federal Government is satisfied with their conduct.
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The minister also addressed DJ Switch, the disc jockey who captured the incident in an Instagram livestream, stating that she will soon be exposed for spreading falsehood.
Switch, real name Obianuju Catherine Udeh, has left the country over what she has described as threats to her life. However, Mohammed at a press briefing denied her life was in danger and said the police and military never declared her wanted.
He also suggested that she may be acting out a script written by other people and vowed that she would be exposed in due course. DJ Switch has said the Nigerian military shot at unarmed #EndSARS protesters in Lekki, but the government denies the narrative.
In her live stream at the scene of the incident which immediately went viral at the time, many injured persons could be seen, as some protesters tried to extract bullets from bleeding people after the men in military uniform had opened fire. She recently relived her horrific experience to CNN host Becky Anderson in a virtual interview.
Reacting to the Thursday briefing many Twitter users have since slammed the Minister over his utterances and remarks. This is not the first time Lai Mohammed will be under fire this year as he has been severally dragged over his insistence on social media censorship.
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