The Cable News Network, CNN has responded to the sanction threat made by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed concerning their report on the Lekki shooting.
CNN has said that they stand by their report and that it was carefully and meticulously researched.
Earlier today, Mohammed had said that the CNN’s report was reinforcing disinformation and it was irresponsible of the CNN to make such a report.
“Like everyone else, I watched the CNN report. I must tell you that it reinforces the disinformation that is going around, and it is blatantly irresponsible and a poor piece of journalistic work by a reputable international news organization,
“This is very serious and CNN should be sanctioned for that,” he added.
CNN has gone ahead to make another publication defending their report and has also replayed the visually report hourly on television.
The text report reads;
‘Nigeria threatens CNN with sanctions but provides no evidence,
“Our reporting was carefully and meticulously researched, and we stand by it. The report was based on testimony from dozens of witnesses, and photos and video obtained and geolocated by CNN. It painted a picture of how members of the Nigerian army and the police shot at the crowd, killing at least one person and wounding dozens more.
“CNN 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. And accounts from eyewitnesses established that after the army withdrew, a second round of shooting happened later in the evening.
“Prior to publishing the report, CNN tried multiple times to elicit comment from the Nigerian army and police. 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, Nigerians of social media have said that the Nigerian government has just annoyed the CNN as they would continue to ‘expose’ the FG regarding the truth of the Lekki Toll Gate Shooting.
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