News network CNN has reacted to the sanction news by the federal government over its Lekki shooting documentary. The news network shared that Nigeria threatens it but doesn’t have any proof that their findings are inaccurate.
Lai Mohammed on Thursday dismissed the news network’s investigation as fake news and misinformation repeatedly denying the military used live rounds against protesters. The News network has reacted to the statement by the minister of Information.
CNN stands by its investigation, “Our reporting was carefully and meticulously researched, and we stand by it,” the spokesperson said via email. 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.
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