Lekki shootings: FG threatens CNN over ‘unverified’ report

…‘Documentary is biased’ – Coalition

…‘We stand by our story’, replies CNN

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed yesterday said that the Cable News Network (CNN) should be sanctioned for its investigative report on the October 20 Lekki shootings.

Recall that the CNN on Wednesday released an investigative report alleging that the Nigerian Army used live bullets on protesters during its intervention in the #EndSARS protests that occurred in Lekki, Lagos State.

Following the military’s denial of the shooting and killing of the protesters, CNN had released an investigative report that contradicted the position of the Nigerian Army, saying a forensic probe of the bullet casings recovered from the scene of the incident revealed that live bullets were fired at the protesters.

The minister however described the CNN published report as one-dimensional and lacking in balance, claiming that CNN relied on social media video without verification to produce its report. He also described the incident as a “massacre without bodies,” insisting that not a single body has been produced or a single family come out to claim their family member was killed at the Lekki tollgate.

Lai said the news organisation would be sanctioned by the Nigerian government for undertaking a “very poor piece of journalistic work”.

In the same vein, an NGO, the ‘Coalition Against Fake News’ has also accused CNN of having a bitter agenda against Nigeria. The coalition made the remark in response to a CNN investigative report on the shooting in Lekki toll gate.

The group said CNN’s report was an indication that some vested interests are determined to destabilize Nigeria.

However, in its reaction, the CNN yesterday said it stood by its report and was “carefully and meticulously researched.” The new platform said, “Our reporting was carefully and meticulously researched, and we stand by it”.

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