Lekki shooting: It is abuse of fair-reportage, activists warn

Lekki shooting: It is abuse of fair-reportage, activists warn

- The Coalition Against Fake News has condemned the investigative reporting on the Lekki shooting released by CNN on Wednesday, November 18

- The group said the report by CNN is an abuse of fair reportage against Nigeria

- According to the group, CNN's report on the Lekki shooting was unprofessional and bias with unfounded allegations against the Nigerian Army

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The Coalition Against Fake News (CAFN) on Thursday, November 19, described the investigative report by the Cable News Network (CNN) on the Lekki toll gate shooting in Lagos as abuse of fair reportage.

CAFN alleged that CNN was unprofessional and biased in its reportage which alleged that troops of the Nigerian Army used live bullets during the #EndSARS protests.

Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, the convener of CAFN, Finba Edmond, said the report by CNN is only a mere rehash of the existing narrative that has been faulted by different independent bodies in Nigeria and across the world. 

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The group said the video released on Wednesday, November 18, by CNN was with the intent of misleading the public, correlating an agenda bent on destabilising Nigeria. 

CAFN also warned Nigerians and the international community against distractors who plan to gain from the downfall of the country.

Lekki shooting: It is abuse of fair-reportage, activists warn
The group CNN was unprofessional and biased with their reporting. Photo credit: BBC
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that two Nigerians had asked the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos to disband the judicial panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS-related abuse and the Lekki toll gate.

The Nigerians in its suit said the panel should be disbanded because of the alleged involvement and interest by the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

They said the governor is a party in the matter and had failed to exercise his power in the public interest by setting up the panel.

Also, the Nigerian government has reacted to the report by CNN on the alleged shooting of protesters at the Lekki.

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The minister for information, culture and tourism, Lai Mohammed, said no "massacre" occurred as "irresponsibly" peddled on the social media and reported by CNN.

Mohammed also said that the federal government will not hesitate to sanction the foreign media for irresponsible journalism.

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