"I must tell you that it reinforces the disinformation that is going around, and it is blatantly irresponsible and a poor piece of journalistic work by a reputable worldwide news organization", he told reporters at a press conference in Abuja, in the most significant federal government response so far to the October 20 violence. Those media houses reach places where CNN doesnt & the report most likely wont. They fired blank ammunition into the air.
Despite denying reports of any deaths during that night, the governor of Lagos appeared in a CNN interview two days later and finally admitted that at least two people were killed.
"While the Judicial Panel sitting in Lagos works to unravel what really transpired at the Lekki Toll Gate, available evidence so far points to the world's first case of massacre without blood or bodies".
Amid various reports and reactions sparked by the shooting, Mr Mohammed said CNN should be sanctioned for publishing the report.
"This should earn CNN a serious sanction for irresponsible reporting".More news: U.S. election: Reporter asks Donald Trump if he's 'being a sore loser'
Amid the controversy that ensued, CNN had released an investigative report countering the claims of the Nigerian Army.
He blamed human rights organisations and some media organisations for allegedly propagating falsehoods and refusing to express outrage at the killing of security agents during the riots that followed the protests.
"CNN, in its "investigation", was blind to the wanton destruction of property in Lagos and across the country".
"This is in addition to 196 policemen who were injured; 164 police vehicles that were destroyed and 134 police stations that were razed". "More surprising and irresponsible is the fact that some people have been calling for sanctions against Nigeria or against Nigerian government officials on the basis of a hoax".
The minister also descended on popular disc jockey, Obianuju Udeh, aka DJ Switch, who he accused of being in the forefront of spreading fake news about the incident.More news: Apple's AirPods Pro are just $190 at Woot
She queried the reason for Judicial panels on End SARS crisis if the government has closed its minds to information based on evidence.
"In the fullness of time, this lady will be exposed for what she is, a fraud and a front for divisive and destructive forces", Mohammed added.
"The Lekki tollgate saga has been a great backlash on the federal government".
"It is also imperative for the traditional media to authenticate information from social media before pushing such to the public".
The reason for saying this is that the minister is promoting misinformation by fighting qualitaive dissemination of information as was done by the cable news network CNN.More news: Lakers signing Montrezl Harrell to 2-year, $19M deal
He said, "The fake news/disinformation purveyors have latched on to our concerns to allege that the Federal Government is planning to shut down social media. Nigeria is not alone in this regard".