Lekki shooting: Retired military officer Majoyeogbe says CNN report is biased

Lekki shooting: Retired military officer Majoyeogbe says CNN report is biased

- The CNN report on the Lekki shooting has continued to generate reactions in Nigeria

- A retired military intelligence officer, Col Ola Majoyeogbe has disclosed why he does not agree with parts of the report

- Majoyeogbe claimed lack of sincerity was evident in the CNN report

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A recent news report by CNN about the alleged shooting at the Lekki toll gate during the EndSARS protest has been faulted by a security consultant, Col Ola Majoyeogbe.

According to The Nation, Majoyeogbe told the Lagos state judicial panel on police brutality that there were conflicting accounts from some people interviewed by the news channel.

Lekki shooting: Retired military officer Majoyeogbe says CNN report is biased

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The retired military intelligence officer, who stated that he did not have all the facts and pieces of evidence dismissed the claim that 78 protesters were killed at Lekki.

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He said:

"As a retired military man, I was not comfortable with the figure earlier brought out because a combat that caused the death of 78 lives would not have been quelling a protest.
“In the CNN video, a man claimed to have been shot and the bullet entered through a part of his body and came through another part. If he was indeed shot that way, he would not be alive to tell the story."

Majoyeogbe argued that those sent to do the story had made up their minds before reporting the event.

He also pointed out that the claims that many people were killed at Lekki have not been backed up by evidence.

The retired military officer stated that videos going viral on the internet did not show people being indiscriminately shot at close range.

Meanwhile, 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.

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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.

The organisation 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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