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Read FG's official response to CNN's documentary on Lekki tollgate shooting

The federal government has officially skilled CNN's documentary on the Lekki tollgate shooting incident which occured on October 20.

The response was shared by Segun Adeyemi, special assistant to the Minister of information and Culture, Lai Mohammed. Read below.

The CNN report reinforces the disinformation that's going round, and it's blatantly irresponsible and a poor piece of journalistic work by a reputable international news agency .

CNN engaged in incredible sensationalism and did an excellent disservice to itself and to journalism. within the first instance, CNN, which touted its report as an exclusive investigative report, sadly relied on the same videos that are circulating on social media, without verification.


This is very serious and CNN should be sanctioned for that. CNN merely said the videos were ''obtained by CNN'', without saying wherefrom and whether or not it authenticated them. Were CNN reporters and cameramen at the Lekki Toll Gate that evening?


If the answer is not any , on what basis were they reporting? counting on second or third hand information and presenting it as ''CNN Investigation''? Why didn’t the CNN balance its story by showing the compelling testimony of Brig.-Gen. Taiwo before the Judicial Panel in Lagos?


Is this one-sided reporting what's expected from a world media organization or any serious news organization? If CNN had done its investigation properly, it might have known how fake news and disinformation were trending during the EndSARS crisis.


The BBC even did a report on this, and that we recommend that report to CNN. Talking about the BBC, a reporter with the BBC’s Pidgin Service, Damilola Banjo, was at Lekki Toll Gate protest ground that night.


She was quoted as saying soldiers were indeed at the Toll Gate but they shot ‘’sporadically into the air’’ and not at the protesters. CNN that wasn't at the scene reported otherwise.


In airing its so-called investigative report, CNN conveniently forgot that on Oct. 23rd 2020, it tweeted, from its verified twitter handle, that the military killed 38 people when it opened fire on peaceful protesters on Tuesday, Oct. 20th 2020. but a month later, the same CNN, in what it called an EXCLUSIVE report supported a rehash of old, unverified videos, was only ready to confirm that one person died within the same incident.


In its jaundiced reporting, CNN was blind to the very fact that six soldiers and 37 policemen were killed in unprovoked attacks. Obviously, CNN didn't consider the safety agents human enough. CNN, in its 'investigation', was blind to the wanton destruction of property in Lagos and across the country.


Also, CNN was blind to the burning of police stations and vehicles everywhere the country. Instead, it visited town with unverified social media footages, in its desperation to prove that folks were killed at the Lekki Toll Gate. Again,


This is irresponsible journalism that CNN deserves to be sanctioned. We insist that the military didn't shoot at protesters at Lekki Toll Gate. They fired blank ammunition within the air. Again, anyone who knows anyone who was killed at Lekki Toll Gate should head to the Judicial Panel with conclusive evidence of such.

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