Oak TV Apologises To Lai Over El-Zakzaky’s N3.5m Feeding Cost Video
Nigeria’s minister of information Lai Mohammed

Oak TV, an internet TV platform, has apologised to Lai Mohammed for publishing a video in which the minister of information and culture said the government spends N3.5 million monthly to feed Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

In the viral video, the information minister begged not to be quoted before making the claim about the leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN).

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However, the video was published and has since gone viral on social media. Reactions have trailed the video, with many describing the minister’s N3.5 million claim as untrue.

In a letter addressed to the minister on Thursday, Oak TV said reporters involved in airing the video have been sanctioned,” the letter read.

“On Wednesday, November 7, Oak TV made some error in its reporting regarding a conversation with the minister of information.

“This is an error which we regret. All team members involved have been sanctioned, and we would do more to tighten our gatekeeping responsibilities.”

The internet TV apologised for any embarrassment the video may have caused the information minister.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, a Kaduna State High Court presided over by Justice Gideon Kurada, denied El-Zakzaky and his wife bail.

The presiding judge said the accused had not shown any substantial medical evidence to be granted bail.

Justice Kurada ordered that the two accused should remain in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) throughout the period of their trial.

The presiding judge thereafter adjourned the matter to January 22, 2019.

The Shi’ite leader and his wife have been in detention since December 2015 when his followers clashed with troops of the Nigerian Army in Zaria, Kaduna state.

El-Zakzaky is facing trial over allegations of culpable homicide, unlawful assembly, and disruption of public peace.