LEKKI SHOOTING: CNN Reacts To The Federal Government’s Sanction Threat

Recall that Cable News Network (CNN) confirmed that the Lekki massacre happened on the 20th of October 2020, as security agents shot at peaceful #EndSARS protesters.

Peaceful Protesters had gathered to call for an end of police brutality and abuse of their human rights by security agents.

Following CNN’s report,  Lai Mohammed who spoke on behalf of the Federal government, said the report was one-dimensional and lacked balance.

“This should earn CNN a serious sanction for irresponsible reporting,” Mohammed said.

CNN has however reacted to the Federal Government of Nigeria’s threat to sanction them over their investigation of the Lekki Toll Gate Shooting.

Reacting today in another story titled, ‘Nigeria threatens CNN with sanctions but provides no evidence Lekki toll gate investigation is inaccurate’, the cable news network said it stand by its earlier report on the Lekki incident.

“Our reporting was carefully and meticulously researched, and we stand by it,” CNN stated.

It added, “The report was based on testimony from dozens of witnesses, and photos and video obtained and geolocated by CNN. It painted a picture of how members of the Nigerian army and the police shot at the crowd, killing at least one person and wounding dozens more.

“CNN verified photos and videos acquired from multiple eyewitnesses and protesters using timestamps and other data from the video files. Video footage shows soldiers who appear to be shooting in the direction of protesters. And accounts from eyewitnesses established that after the army withdrew, the second round of shooting happened later in the evening.

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“Prior to publishing the report, CNN tried multiple times to elicit comment from the Nigerian army and police. A Lagos State police spokesman declined to comment because of an ongoing investigation. While a statement from the Lagos State government said that there would be no comment while a judicial tribunal was underway.”

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