By Newsie Events:-
The Global News Network, CNN has called the bluff of the Federal Government’s threat of sanction over its investigative report on the Lekki Tollgate shootings during the #EndSARS protests and released a second report on the incident.
Recall that Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, had last week described CNN’s report on the Lekki shootings as poor journalism, adding that the network deserved to be sanctioned.
Furthermore, Mohammed also supported his threat with a letter addressed to the management of CNN in Atlanta.
However, the Giant News Network, on Tuesday released a second report with more damning footage showing soldiers shooting at unarmed protesters on October 20, 2020.
According to the Punch, the fresh report also shows the Commander, 81 Division, Brig. Gen Ahmed Taiwo, admitting before the judicial panel in Lagos that his men indeed took live ammunition to the tollgate.
In the report, CNN highlighted the fact that Brig. Gen Taiwo’s claim is completely different and seeming to oppose the minister’s claim last week, that the army fired blank bullets.
The fresh report also shows protesters running as soldiers open fire at the tollgate.
It would also be recalled that the National Broadcasting Commission, which is overseen by the information minister, had last month slammed hefty fines on three Nigerian television stations for daring to use some of the footage which CNN has also used.
The Federal Government has been receiving flak from members of the United Kingdom Parliament and Amnesty International over the killing of protesters.
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