Lekki Tollgate Shooting: We stand by our report

Nigeria threatens to sanction CNN over investigation and denies security forces shot at protesters

"In airing its so-called investigative report, CNN conveniently forgot that on October 23rd 2020, it tweeted, from its verified twitter handle, that the military killed 38 people when it opened fire on peaceful protesters on Tuesday, October 20th 2020".

He regretted that CNN, which he said touted its report as an exclusive investigative report, relied on the same videos that have been circulating on social media, without verification, adding that "this is very serious and CNN should be sanctioned for that".

Mohammed also insisted that not a single body has been produced or a single family has come out to claim their family member was killed at the Lekki Toll Gate. We are totally disappointed at the SHOW OF SHAME AND THE SHAMELESA VERBAL DIARRHOEA OF THE BUHARI'S MEDIA SPINDOCTOR AGAINST ONE OF THE GLOBAL MEDIA LEADERS THE CABLE NEWS NETWORK OF ATLANTA USA.

Saluting the musician's courage even though she reported being targeted by bullets, social media users posted photos of DJ Switch and thanked her for showing the world what really took place on the day of the massacre.

He blamed human rights organisations and some media organisations for allegedly propagating falsehoods and refusing to express outrage at the killing of security agents during the riots that followed the protests.

"Six soldiers and 37 policemen were killed all over the country during the crisis".

Mohammed insisted soldiers at the tollgate fired blank ammunition into the air which could not have done any damage.

"Again, this is irresponsible journalism for which CNN deserves to be sanctioned".

The reason for saying this is that the minister is promoting misinformation by fighting qualitaive dissemination of information as was done by the cable news network CNN.

"Our reporting was carefully and meticulously researched, and we stand by it", CNN stated.

Reacting to the minister's comments in a post published on its website, CNN stated that the report, titled "How A Bloody Night Of Bullets And Brutality Quashed A Young Protest Movement", was based on testimony from dozens of witnesses, as well as photos and video obtained and geolocated by the news agency.

Prior to publishing the report, CNN said it tried multiple times to elicit comment from the Nigerian army and police. It became a daily carnival growing in leaps and bounds until October 20 when at 11:49 a.m. the Lagos State Government announced the imposition of a 24-hour curfew in all parts of the state, with effect from 4 p.m. "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".



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