Stella Dimoko CNN Releases More Report On The Lekki Tollgate Shooting After Nigerian Govt's Call For Its Sanction + Says It Stands By Its Report


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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

CNN Releases More Report On The Lekki Tollgate Shooting After Nigerian Govt's Call For Its Sanction + Says It Stands By Its Report

Oh Dear!...This doesn't look good at all....

The Nigerian government responded to a report by CNN concerning the Lekki Tollgate shootings by calling for the News platform to be sanctioned for circulating 'fake news' but CNN has responded with more report and detailing how the government of Nigeria contradicted itself...

Read their report....

''It was supposed to be the key piece of evidence. But when it came, the Lagos State government's security camera footage of the Lekki toll gate shooting did not capture everything.

The footage from the security camera overlooking the toll gate in Lagos, Nigeria was played during Saturday's session of an eight-person judicial panel set up to investigate police brutality and the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad -- the primary focus of thousands-strong protests in the city that lasted for almost two weeks in October.

The panel is also charged by the Lagos State government with probing the shooting of protesters at the Lekki toll gate on the evening of October 20 and into the early hours of October 21.

CNN obtained a copy of the CCTV footage ahead of the panel's sitting on Saturday and matched it up to verified footage published as part of an investigation last week into the events at the toll gate.

The footage corroborates the timings CNN reported for the gunshots fired by the army. It also shows soldiers approaching protesters and firing shots.
What is perhaps most notable is what's missing.

At 6:47 p.m., the moment when CNN has video of the army appearing to fire directly at protesters, the surveillance camera pans away from the area.
The Lekki Concession Company (LCC), the firm that operates the toll gate in a public-private partnership, says its staff were sent home before an evening curfew, imposed by the State's Governor, came into effect.

The surveillance camera pans left and tilts up before reframing and struggling for focus. It is unclear if the camera pans away deliberately or whether the pan away is a poor choice by the CCTV operator.

The LCC had previously testified at the panel on November 3 that the recording stopped at around 8 p.m. because it was tampered with.
The surveillance footage once again raises questions about the investigation into what happened at the Lekki toll gate protest -- and why surveillance video from the evening does not provide a more complete picture.

In the aftermath of CNN's investigation, the United States and the United Kingdom have called on Nigeria to ensure that its investigation is free and fair.

On Monday, the UK parliament debated a petition seeking to sanction the Nigerian government and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) over alleged human rights abuses.

The foreign office also released a statement saying: "The Foreign Secretary has been clear that the Nigerian government must urgently investigate reports of brutality at the hands of the security forces and hold those responsible to account.
"It is important that the police in Nigeria respect human rights. We have been working with Nigeria to support reforms to ensure this happens."

The police said it would not comment until after the judicial inquiry. However, in a tweet in early November, it denied shooting at protesters.
"...our police officers never resorted to use of unlawful force or shooting at the protesters as alleged in the report."

Since the shooting, which brought an end to the protest movement in Africa's most populous country, the army has made many shifting statements about how it engaged with the peaceful demonstrators.

The army has repeatedly said the soldiers deployed to the toll gate fired into the air and not at protesters directly. The army did not respond to multiple requests from CNN for comment. On Twitter, it repeatedly stamped news accounts of the shooting as "Fake News."

However, social media footage -- submitted by the army's own counsel to the panel on Saturday -- featured an eyewitness saying, "they are shooting at protesters." It appeared to be the same video that CNN geo-located which was shot from the nearby Oriental Hotel in Lekki on October 20.

On Saturday, army spokesman Brigadier Ahmed Taiwo also contradicted previous testimony to the judicial panel by saying that the army was equipped on the night with live rounds.

"For the protection of the force, we carried live bullets in case they were attacked. But the soldiers who formed the firing team, who fired as you could see in the video [...] carried magazines charged with blank ammunition."

CNN's investigation had revealed the use of live ammunition at the toll gate, based on analysis carried out by ballistics experts and conversations with military sources.

The army has insisted that only blanks were used.

Adesina Ogunlana, a lawyer who is representing some of the "#EndSARS" protesters at the judicial panel, told CNN another protester died recently after falling into a coma from injuries sustained on October 20.

"I saw one of them that was shot at and taken to Reddington (Hospital)," Ogunlana said. "About ... three Sundays ago, I was there and there was this person shot in the head. He's dead now."
"What blanks lodge in somebody's brain and stay there and send him to a coma, killing him?"

CNN has not been able to independently confirm the death of this person.

On Saturday, Brigadier Taiwo once again rejected any responsibility by the army for deaths of protesters, saying that one of the deaths was from "blunt force trauma to the head on Admiralty Way ... 3 kilometers away from the Lekki toll gate. And the second person at Yaba."

"It had nothing whatsoever to do with the Lekki toll gate," he said.

In response to CNN's investigation, the Nigerian government said the news organization should be sanctioned and alleged that doctored videos were used, describing the reporting as "fake news" and "misinformation."

CNN stands by its investigation, a company spokesperson said.

"Our reporting was carefully and meticulously researched, and we stand by it," the spokesperson said via email.

In a letter addressed to CNN on November 23, Nigeria's Ministry of Information demanded an internal investigation into CNN's reporting, as a "form of remediation" and to "determine whether it met the basic standards of journalism."

 The Minister added in the letter that the "Federal Government reserves the right to take any action within its laws to prevent CNN from aggravating the #EndSARS crisis."

CNN's November 19 report included photos and videos of gunshots, the wounded, and victims. The videos, acquired from multiple eyewitnesses and protesters, were verified in interviews, and by using timestamps and other data from the media files.

Ogunlana, the lawyer representing some of the protesters, said the evidence the army continues to submit to the judicial panel is undermining its defense.

"There's a proverb among my people," Ogunlana said. "They say the wasp is in denial, the big black ant known for his terrible sting is in denial, but here is the face of the farmer, so badly swollen."



  1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I'm laughing at Mr.Liar Mohammed, Ms.Onochie, Mr. Nobody, Adivincci and their cohorts.

    CNN international well done!
    TRUTH is like pregnancy, it can't be HIDDEN!

    1. Not at all.... They think we are all fools. They may have succeeded there in the north brainwashing their people but we in the south knows better than they do.I said this because I am yet to see anyone from the north condemn what happened.

    2. Lia Mohammed memory is still booting.
      Ndi ara

    3. Not shame on us. Shame on you all including CNN. CNN are still trying to save face. They should go and reply Lai Mohammeds petition with facts and not this nonsense. Same CNN claimed 34 people where killed but could only attempt to confirm one in their last report which also turned out to be untrue. The enemies of Nigeria will not succeed

  2. God cannot be mocked. Those innocent blood will never be in vain. Lar Muhammed you think CNN is NTA OR AIT to sanction? Hunkle you just buy market

  3. God cannot be mocked. Those innocent blood will never be in vain. Lar Muhammed you think CNN is NTA OR AIT to sanction? Hunkle you just buy market

    1. Is it not the same Lai Mohammed requesting for 500 million abi 5billion to digitalized NTA? So this was how he intended to run the broadcasting network station on lies? For over twenty years now, I haven't watch or listen to NTA news and their likes because nothing truthful will be aired on it. Now you see why the government are always attacking AIT but friendly to Channel and Co.

    2. Teejay do you mind that shameless man? He wants to imitate CNN but can't stand the truth evil man.

  4. Shame to Nigeria Government.
    Shame to Bulhari.
    Shame to Nigeria Army.
    Shame to Sanwuolu.
    Shame to Lie Mohammed.
    Shame to Some Nigeria Media houses.
    Shame to some Social Media influencers.
    Shame to Essah.

    1. Sounds like a chorus to a satirical song.... Lol. Shame on all of them.

    2. Shame to their children o.

  5. CNN continue pressing their necks
    We love to see it✌✌✌

    1. We definitely love to see it. They shall continue to stay pressed oh. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  6. Oh how I am loving this right now! Perhaps our unanswered questions will get some answers. These FG People that have so much to hide are shouting in public. Wait and watch, soro soke and d blood of the young Nigerians can not be a waste!

  7. Stella I so much love you looking at that dog above hahahaha.... This post from CNN should be tagged as 'Nigeria, do your worse' I thought that nuisance on the blog said CNN will retrace their words and apologize?.

    Lai Mohammed, if shame no dey catch you, please pity us wey shame still dey catch make we no come suffer for una wickedness. Before people oversea go think say na every Nigerian dey push you to attack international organization or company. I no want them to deny me travel visa because of you and your likes.

  8. Lai Mohammed come and carry your shame


    CNN are still constituting their nuisance to gullible Nigerians as usual. They should produce just one body of anyone who died at Lekki Toll Gate or one family of anyone who died there, but they've not been able to? Yet they come up with this nonsense trying to save face. Shame on them

  10. CNN, dead body no dey. They should provide the 34 people they claimed were killed by Nigerian soldiers in the hoax massacre. After a month of the incident, a whole CNN cannot provide one body of the alleged victims or family members of the alleged victims but so called educated Nigerians are listening to them. When Jimoh Isiakah was killed, under few minutes, his photo and that of his family were everywhere. It became a global news. Dead body no dey hide

    CNN that claimed that Nigerian soldiers shot directly at protesters for hours but killed only one person. A whole Nigerian soldiers loaded in 7 vehicles, shooting directly at over 2000 protesters and we are not taking of hundreds of dead bodies now! Yet some so called educated Nigerians are still listening to them. It's a shame!

    CNN's plan has failed, Nigerians like us are too smart to fall for the antics of warmongers like Nima and her CNN crew. We will not go the way of Sudan and Libya. It is those wishing our country Evil that will be destroyed by their Hate for Nigeria.

    God bless Buhari

    God bless Nigeria

  11. Just watch the new video, shame on all saying no death. I wish you all painful death and nobody go cry for una instead na ntoor gi una go receive.

    CNN weldone. They thought this is AIT they can take their license.

    Oya go and take the license of CNN and blocked their accounts in Access

  12. Stella, The Nigerian Government messed with the wrong generation.

    A Tech and Internet savvy generation.

    See what is threatening CNN? Lia Mohammed - APC Lying Machine let him go and reboot another lie.

    Gun down every animal in the bush but there's always one specie that no amount of the hundter's bullet can bring down - the Soro Soke Generation.

    British parliament is one side and CNN at the other end, the truth must come out.

  13. I don't pity lie Mohammed, i only pity his children cuz the bad reputation he has gathered all through the years, will definitely hunt his children and grandchildren,

  14. I love this .... Lieing lieing Mohammed oya come out and defend yourself, you better change make you no use your own affect your generation

  15. Lieing Machine,sorry Lai Mohammed come and carry your truck-load of shame o, specially sent by CNN

  16. Shame on the Nigerian government.....πŸ˜”πŸ˜”


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