International news cable outlet, CNN, has taken turn to respond to claims by the Nigerian government on its report on Lekki shootings.
Reacting in another story titled, ‘Nigeria threatens CNN with sanctions but provides no evidence Lekki toll gate investigation is inaccurate’, the cable news network said it stand by its earlier report on the Lekki incident.
Earlier today, the Minister of Information and culture, Lai Mohammed, had ruled out the investigation carried out by the major news outlet as an ‘irresponsible work of journalism’ insisting that no lives were claimed at the Lekki Toll gate.
In its response, CNN says the media outlet stands by its investigation “Our reporting was carefully and meticulously researched, and we stand by it.”‘
CNN adds that the report was based on testimony from dozens of witnesses, and photos and video obtained and geolocated by them. 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.