Cable News Network (CNN) has finally responded to the claims of the Nigerian Federal Government after they labelled their independent investigative report of the October 20 Lekki Toll Gate Shooting incident as inauthentic, stating that it still stands by its report.
The American based broadcasting network recently confirmed that the Lekki Toll Gate shooting incident had truly occurred as they shared some images and reports involving what appears to be military men opening fire on peaceful and unarmed protesters.
The Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has come out to describe the CNN report as unverified and possibly doctored graphic contents while calling for their sanction based on what he termed as ‘irresponsible reporting’.
In his own words;
CNN relied heavily on unverified and possibly-doctored videos, as well as information sourced from questionable sources, to reach its conclusion.
This should earn CNN a serious sanction for irresponsible reporting”
However, a spokesperson for CNN in response from the network has once again confirmed that they verified photos and videos they had acquired from multiple eyewitnesses and protesters using timestamps and other data from the video files.
Our reporting was carefully and meticulously researched, and we stand by it,” the spokesperson said via email.
According to the news network, all multiple attempts to gather comments from the Nigerian army and police prior to the publication of their investigative report failed.