Stella Dimoko CNN Shuns Summon By Lagos Judicial Panel Over Report On Lekki Shootings


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Sunday, December 13, 2020

CNN Shuns Summon By Lagos Judicial Panel Over Report On Lekki Shootings

The Cable News Network (CNN) has ignored a summons issued on it to appear before the Lagos State Panel of Judicial Inquiry.

This is in relation to the alleged killing of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers; an incident which allegedly occurred at the Lekki toll gate, Lagos on the night of October 20.

CNN explained that it does not fall under the territorial jurisdiction of the retired Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel; adding that the panel had no warrant for it to be summoned to appear before the panel.

The Nigerian Army had been indicted by a CNN two-part report with pictures and video clips; over the alleged killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki tollgate.

But the Federal Government condemned the CNN report, describing it as irresponsible. In addition, the Nigerian Army denied shooting at or killing protesters.

In an objection filed through their lawyer, Olumide Babalola; CNN, its reporter, Stephanie Busari, and her team, said the November 28 summons issued on them was invalid; as they were not within the geographical territory of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Also, it stated that they do not have any physical or business presence in Nigeria.

“We submit that since the objectors are not ‘persons in Nigeria’ as envisaged by the provision of Section 5(c) of the Tribunals of Inquiry Law Of Lagos State, Cap. T6, then this Honourable Tribunal is, with respect, bereft of territorial jurisdiction to compel their attendance to give evidence before it.

“We rely on the decision in Joshua Dariye v Federal Republic of Nigeria (2015) LPELR-24398(SC); where the Supreme Court of Nigeria held that: Territorial jurisdiction implies a geographical area within which the authority of the court may be exercised and outside which the Court has no power to act,” Babalola said.

The lawyer urged the panel to withdraw the summons issued on his clients; urging it to instead, watch the CNN report on the Lekki shootings.

He said, “The objectors respectfully refer the tribunal to the link for the published version of the story; as reported on their website, ‘How a bloody night of bullets quashed a young protest movement’; to aid the tribunal’s fact-finding mission.”

Babalola also said on Saturday, December 12, that at the invitation of the panel to its private hearing room at the Lagos Court of Arbitration in Lekki, he had met the panel and reiterated CNN’s objection to the summons.

He said the panel eventually agreed to excuse CNN from appearing to testify before it; noting that it would record the objection in its final report.

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  1. Apc should stop disgracing themselves biko. Shameless leaders.

    1. Unlike the Nigerian government CNN are actually very busy working for their pay all over the world. They really do not have time.

    2. This people are embarrassing themselves not us.

    3. Ashamed of being a Nigerian, aswear to God πŸ™„πŸ₯΄πŸ˜πŸ™ˆπŸ€·πŸΎ‍♀️

    4. See how these people just finished Naija's image internationally

  2. These people have turned Nigeria to a country of clownery.😩

  3. These people should go and sit down jare

  4. What fuckery is this? Is CNN now NTA?

  5. This is what you get when you bring clueless and incompetent hands into governance. I am ashamed being a Nigerian.

  6. An ant summons an elephant for stumping on their busy path.

  7. There are levels to this thing. CNN making a ridicule of our 'leaders.' Nigeria be falling hand anyhow.

  8. What are they summoning them for? To break egusi abi to fry akara abi?

    1. πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£ you are hilarious πŸ˜‚


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