Nigeria Plans Sanction Against CNN Over EndSARS Report

Richard Ginika Izuora

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, is pushing government to apply sanction against Cable News Network (CNN) for its report on the alleged shooting of unarmed #EndSARS protesters at Lekki on October 20, 2020.

Mohammed made the call at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday.

CNN had released a nearly six minutes long video on Wednesday, in which it alleged that the Nigerian Army had used deadly force on protesters demonstrating against police brutality.

CNN says it had analysed hours of video footage and came to the conclusion that a number of #EndSARS protesters were shot and killed in Lekki.

However, Mohammed says CNN used unverified and possibly doctored videos; as well as information from questionable sources in the report. Consequently, he had stated that the Federal Government should consider sanctions against the medium.

Meanwhile, Mohammed, who also spoke on the contentious move to regulate social media, says the Nigerian government is keen to check the trend in which media companies use materials obtained on social media without verification. He said the government had no plans to shut down social media.

However, he disclosed that the plan was to regulate its use.

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