#EndSARS: FG Threatens To Sanction CNN Over Lekki Toll Gate Report
#EndSARS: FG Threatens To Sanction CNN Over Lekki Toll Gate Report
Nigerian Government Satisfied With Role Military, Police Played During #EndSARS Protest, Lai Mohammed Says
21 November, 2020, 20:55
Weeks after the sad incident at the Lekki Toll Gates during the End SARS protest that left some of the protesters dead and injured, broadcasting network CNN have released a video giving full details of the event.
When however asked the kind of sanction he is recommending for a foreign organisation, the minister simply said "CNN has internal mechanism but we will do the needful on our part".
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"Six soldiers and 37 policemen were killed all over the country during the crisis", Mohammed said. "This is one of the dangers of fake news and disinformation". They fired blank ammunition into the air.
Reacting, yesterday in another story titled, "Nigeria threatens CNN with sanctions but provides no evidence Lekki Toll Gate investigation is inaccurate", the cable news network says it stands by its earlier report on the Lekki incident.
Though the protests were initially peaceful, demonstrators in an upmarket Lagos district were shot at on October 20 by men witnesses said were soldiers.
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.
"CNN, in its 'investigation, ' was blind to the wanton destruction of property in Lagos and across the country. It is sad to see the traditional media jettisoning the age-long gate-keeping process and instead rushing to rely on the free-wheeling social media - devoid of any gate keeping - for news", he said.
"This is irresponsible journalism for which CNN deserves to be sanctioned".
However, in a swift reaction on Thursday, the CNN said in a statement that it stands by its investigation, adding that it's reporting was "carefully and meticulously researched".
He said the government had no plans to shut down social media but he was advocating regulation of its use. CNN said it verified photos and videos acquired from multiple eyewitnesses and protesters using timestamps and other data from the video files. Video footage shows soldiers who appear to be shooting in the direction of protesters.
Were CNN reporters and cameramen at the Lekki Toll Gate that evening? "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".
Meanwhile, the Lagos State government had first said no deaths were recorded before Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu revealed that two persons later died from their wounds.
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