“We stand by our report” – CNN reacts to FG’s threat to sanction it over Lekki shooting documentary


Cable News Network (CNN) has reacted to the threat of sanctions by the Federal Government over its investigative report on the October 20 shooting incident at the Lekki toll plaza in Lagos.

The foreign frontline media platform carried out an investigation into the incident and published its findings on Wednesday, November 18.

At a press conference in Abuja earlier today November 19, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, stated that the report by the media house was one-dimension and lacked balance. He called for the sanction of the media house.

In a statement released by one of its company spokesperson, CNN said it stands by its investigation.

“Our reporting was carefully and meticulously researched, and we stand by it. 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, a second round of shooting happened later in the evening.

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.” CNN states

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See comments and reactions

Barivure Naador: Lai Mohammed keeps saying the footages are fake and everyone apart from the government are the one’s lying, he says this without no proof whatsoever. People died and all this man is concerned with is preserving this already ruined administrations image. It’s sad really that people value political ambitions more than human life.

Skylimb Julius: One thing I know for sure is that the wicked shall not go unpunished
There is always a pay back time.
Infact thunder go fire all this current administration politicians beyond recognition amen
They will fall and die amen
They will run mad enter market amen
Dangote trailer go jam them to pieces amen.

Gentle Musa: Wat a shame on our so-called media a foreign channel giving out proved, wat a corrupted country, this country is really sick

Emma Henry: CNN should stop wasting their time replying this people.we the citizens have wasted our time enduring them as government and it has led us to unending hardships

Abdul Olatunji: Please and please CNN
Don’t reach any compromise with them , they are wise and tricky ,we have full house of bad eggs as leaders

Lord let the truth prevail , we deserve justice

Emmauel Kelechi: CNN can’t bow to pressure like some domestic agencies and organizations. Before they came on air to make this broadcast, believe you me, they have enough evidence to back their claims. They sure know the game

Umerah Chika: That is how you know bad government instead of them to bring there selves down and beg the masses and turn things right no they are even proud and arrogant at dsame time failed leaders of our time.but guess what there time is up

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Ajayi Felix Femi: Oyah oga lai Mohamed… Go and sanction them.. You think this is Nigeria media that you people have bought all of them with money to the extent non of them can speak the truth again…. Imagine channels TV on journalist hangout every morning they are always criticizing the #EndSARS protesters…. Foolish people

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