The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has reiterated the federal government’s position that military men did not shoot at protesters, despite damning evidence to the contrary.
The Minister in a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, described the October 20 Lekki shootings as a “massacre without bodies”,.
His comments come a day after US-based media, CNN, published a report which, using cellphone videos obtained from witnesses, showed Nigerian soldiers shooting at unarmed protesters at the Lekki toll-gate.
Mr. Mohammed tagged the CNN report as promoting a baseless and preconceived narrative.
The minister said, “While we await the judicial panel in Lagos to unravel what transpired at the Lekki Toll Gate, what we can say, based on testimonies available in the public space, is that the world may have just witnessed, for the very first time ever, a massacre without bodies!
“Some have tagged it ‘social media massacre.’ The testimony of Brig.-Gen, Ahmed Ibrahim Taiwo of the Nigerian Army before the panel was compelling, and I am sure many of you have listened to or watched it.”