According to a lawyer for the Cable News Network (CNN), the honorable thing for the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, to do after denigrating the news platform’s investigative report on the October 20, 2020 Lekki tollgate incident is to apologize to the news platform.
According to CNN, the military attacked unarmed protestors and fired live ammunition at them. Lai Mohammed held a series of press conferences in which he disputed the allegation, calling it “fake news,” and claiming that no one was killed in the incident.
Remember that on Monday, November 15, the Lagos State Panel of Inquiry handed out its findings to the state administration, accusing the Nigerian Army and Police of killing and injuring unarmed protesters during the demonstration.
Olumide Babalola, CNN’s Nigerian counsel, released a statement demanding that Lai Mohammed publicly apologize for misled Nigerians over the Lekki shooting. Babalola claimed the Lagos #EndSARS panel’s report had vindicated CNN’s investigative report on the night of October 20, 2020.
“Alhaji Mohammed has continuously stated that CNN’s massacre report was bogus, but the panel has supported CNN’s view on the gory and wanton killings at the Lekki tollgate.”
Without going into detail, since the same minister had previously called on CNN to apologize for fake news, which has now been proven to be true quasi-judicially, one would think Alhaji Mohammed, as an elder statesman and learned gentleman, would do the honorable thing and apologize to CNN specifically.
However, as we await the minister’s and the Federal Government’s next moves, I express my condolences to the families of all the victims of the Lekki atrocity, as we pray for the souls of the departed and hope that the government fully adopts the report.”
According to Babalola,