CNN has released another daring report on Lekki shootings, daring FG on sanction threats.
OnyxNews Nigeria reports that despite threats of sanction from Buhari’s Government over its investigative report on the shootings at Lekki toll plaza during the #EndSARS protests, CNN has released a second report on the incident.
Recall that the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had last week described CNN’s report on the Lekki shootings as poor journalism, adding that the Cable network deserved to be sanctioned.
The minister of Information also followed up the threat with a letter addressed to the management of CNN in Atlanta.
Then on Monday, the Federal Government of Nigeria petitioned the Cable News Network (CNN), demanding “immediate and exhaustive investigation into its report on the Lekki Toll Gate incident to determine its authenticity and conformity to basic standards of journalism.”
However, the network on Tuesday did a second report with more damning footage showing soldiers shooting at unarmed protesters on October 20, 2020.
According to the fresh report, the Commander, 81 Division, Brig.Gen Ahmed Taiwo was shown admitting before the judicial panel in Lagos that his men indeed took live ammunition to the tollgate.
The CNN report on Lekki shooting also highlights the fact that Brig.Gen Taiwo’s claim is at variance with the minister’s who had claimed last week that the army fired blank ammunitions.
The new report also shows protesters running as soldiers open fire at the tollgate.
This online news medium understands that the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), which is overseen by the information minister, had last month fined three Nigerian television stations for daring to use some of the footage which CNN has also used.
The Federal Government has been receiving string criticism from members of the United Kingdom Parliament and Amnesty International over the killing of protesters.
Watch the new video CNN released here