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#EndSARS: CNN shuns threats from FG, releases second report on Lekki shootings
Nov 24, 2020
Source: CEOAfrica News: Reported by-Joy Onuh

Despite threats of sanction from the Federal Government over its investigative report on the shootings of protesters at the Lekki toll gate during the #EndSARS protests, CNN has released yet a second report on the incident.

The Minister of Information and Culture,  Lai Mohammed, had last week described CNN’s report on the Lekki shootings as an act of poor journalism, adding that the network deserved to be sanctioned.

Following up his threat, Mohammed wrote a letter addressed to the management of CNN in Atlanta.

However, the network on Tuesday did a second report with more damning footage showing soldiers shooting at unarmed protesters on October 20, 2020.

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.

The CNN report 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 bullets.

The fresh report also shows protesters running as soldiers open fire at the tollgate.

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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