CNN has hit back against Nigerian government threat of sanction by releasing a second report on the Lekki toll plaza shooting during the #EndSARS protests.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had on Monday written to the top official of the news organisation demanded for remediation. Besides, Mohammed in what could be described as an official protest letter listed about 15 noticeable errors in the initail report.
But CNN seems not perturbed coming out with a second report with more damning footage showing soldiers shooting at unarmed protesters on October 20, 2020.
The fresh report also shows 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.
The CNN report also highlights the fact that Brig.Gen Taiwo’s claim is at variance with the minister’s who had claimed last week that the army fired blank bullets.
The fresh report also shows protesters running as soldiers open fire at the tollgate.
The National Broadcasting Commission, which is overseen by the information minister, had last month slammed hefty fines on three Nigerian television stations for daring to use some of the footage which CNN has also used.