CNN: How Nigerian Army used live bullets on Lekki protesters

Clay Curtis
November 21, 2020

However, the CNN investigation has generated a lot of comments from Nigerians on social media.

@aproko_doctor wrote, I love how CNN is exposing what really happened at the Lekki Tollgate, unfortunately, in Nigeria, the NBC sanctioned media houses for using the same videos that CNN used in analysing the event.

CNN, in its investigation, spoke with a man, Elisha Sunday, whose brother, Victor, was killed during the October 20th shooting incident.

"Is this one-sided reporting what is expected from an global media organisation or any serious news organisation?"

"Two ballistics experts also confirmed with CNN that the shape of the bullet casings indicate they used live rounds, which contradicts the army's claim they fired blanks", the CNN statement read.

NDMG threatened a legal action against CNN to curtail the platform's propaganda in Nigeria if it fails to retract the report.

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He called for a tiered system that would spell out clear measures depending on transmission in the community. He said: "Lockdowns are avoidable, I stand by my position that lockdowns are a last resort measure".

It would be remembered that Governor Sanwo-Olu, in a press conference, stated that no sitting governor controls the rules of engagement of the military. If CNN had done its investigation properly, it would have known how fake news and disinformation were trending during the EndSARS crisis. She was quoted as saying soldiers were indeed at the Toll Gate but they shot "sporadically into the air" and not at the protesters.

Less than a month later, the same CNN, in what it called an EXCLUSIVE report based on a rehash of old, unverified videos, was only able to confirm that one person died in the same incident. "Again, anyone who knows anyone who was killed at Lekki Toll Gate should head to the Judicial Panel with conclusive evidence of such", he said.

"Obviously, CNN did not consider the security agents human enough", he said. Also, CNN was blind to the burning of police stations and vehicles all over the country.

This he said, was because social media abuse led to widespread destruction of property across parts of the country while also succeeding "in deceiving the world that indeed there was mass killing in Lekki, even when, till date, not a single body has been produced and not a single family or relative has come out to say their child or ward was killed at Lekki".

Ezekwesili, reacting mocked the government over its threats at CNN. Video footage shows soldiers who appear to be shooting in the direction of protesters.

It added that prior to publishing the report, multiple efforts were made to get the reactions of army and police authorities. They didn't just talk about the story, they actually conducted their investigation into the Lekki massacre and are confronting the Army and Lagos State government with facts. "A statement from the Lagos State government said that there would be no comment while a judicial tribunal was underway", CNN said.

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