#LekkiMassacre: Amidst tension, CNN releases the second report on Lekki shootings
Amid initial threats from the Federal Government to sue CNN over an earlier report on the Lekki Shooting, the news agency has released a second report on the incident.
Recall that the Federal Government of Nigeria had, last week, threatened to sanction CNN over its investigative report on the shootings at Lekki toll plaza during the #EndSARS protests.
Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, described the report has poorly executed journalism, insisting that the network could be sanctioned over the report.
The Minister also followed up the threat with 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 ongoing panel investigation on the incident has seen 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.
Brig. Gen Taiwo’s recent testimony at the panel is at variance with the minister’s who insisted that the army fired blank bullets.
CNN’s latest report shows protesters taking to their hills as soldiers were seen shooting at them at the tollgate.
In a related development, the National Broadcasting Commission, last week 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.