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CNN has reacted to the Federal Government of Nigeria’s threat to sanction them over their investigation of the Lekki toll Gate shooting.


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Cable News Network (CNN) yesterday confirmed that the Lekki massacre happened on the 20th of October 2020, as security agents shot at peaceful #EndSARS protesters.

Protesters had gathered to call for an end of police brutality and abuse of their human rights by security agents.

After the shooting of unarmed protesters at the Lekki Toll gate on the 20th of October 2020, there as been mixed reportage as to what actually happened on that fateful day.

CNN has now released its findings from an independent investigation carried out on the incident, as they shared footage of what appears to be soldiers shooting at the #EndSARS protesters.

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

The media house also spoke with some of the protesters who were at the scene when the shooting occurred. They claim the soldiers indeed fired shots at them.

The media house also tracked the bullets shells seen at the Toll Gate and the companies that supplied the Nigerian Army Weapons since 2005.

Reacting to the report by CNN at a press conference earlier today, Lai Mohammed who spoke on behalf of the Federal government, said the report was one-dimensional and lacked balance.

Describing the report as “irresponsible journalism”, he alleged that CNN relied on social media videos without verification to produce its report.

“This should earn CNN a serious sanction for irresponsible reporting,” Mohammed said.

Reacting today in another story titled, ‘Nigeria threatens CNN with sanctions but provides no evidence Lekki toll gate investigation is inaccurate’, the cable news network said it stand by its earlier report on the Lekki incident.

“Our reporting was carefully and meticulously researched, and we stand by it,” CNN stated.

It added, “The report was based on testimony from dozens of witnesses, and photos and video obtained and geolocated by CNN. It painted a picture of how members of the Nigerian army and the police shot at the crowd, killing at least one person and wounding dozens more.

“CNN verified photos and videos acquired from multiple eyewitnesses and protesters using timestamps and other data from the video files. Video footage shows soldiers who appear to be shooting in the direction of protesters. And accounts from eyewitnesses established that after the army withdrew, a second round of shooting happened later in the evening.

“Prior to publishing the report, CNN tried multiple times to elicit comment from the Nigerian army and police. A Lagos State police spokesman declined to comment because of an ongoing investigation. While a statement from the Lagos State government said that there would be no comment while a judicial tribunal was underway.”

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Kalybos responds to people slamming him and other celebrities who campaigned against Dumelo

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Kalybos has reacted to the social media backlash over his decision to campaign for the NPP’s parliamentary candidate for Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency-Lydia Alhassan.


Together with colleague actors Prince David Osei, Bismark the Joke and General Ntatia as well as other celebrities, Kalybos took to the streets of Ayawaso to campaign for the NPP.

Their actions have been condemned by many as actress Beverly Afaglo and media personality Bridget Otoo took to social media to criticize them for shooting their fellow actor and aspiring MP in the shape of John Dumelo in the foot.

Beverly found it inappropriate for Kalybos and co. to choose to campaign for the NPP at the very constituency where John Dumelo, representing the NDC, is running for a seat in parliament.

A video of Kalybos trolling Dumelo and calling the NDC’s presidential candidate, John Mahama, a loser has gone awash on social media as many have opined that his actions were unnecessary.

However, Kalybos in response to the backlash following his showings at the Ayawaso West constituency has questioned his detractors’ knowledge of real democracy.

According to the comic actor, those who spoke against his actions need a lesson on what democracy is that his political choices should not in any way culminate into enmity.

He expressed that he still shares a great friendship with John Dumelo and that the latter understood the difference between friendship and democracy.

Along with a picture of himself and Dumelo taken on a flight, Kalybos made a post on Instagram captioned, ” A letter to all Fellow Ghanaians. I think it’s about time our school system start to teach us what democracy is and what opinions are. We’re all made individually to make different choices and that doesn’t mean an opinion of ‘A’ is an enemy to ‘B’. We tend to forget the rules of Life and Living It and rather make enemies for ourselves we never wanted and that breeds what we call HYPOCRITES. For your information, John Dumelo and I are very cool and we are not determined enemies. So stop creating room for that cus he knows what democracy and friendship is. Meaning we disagree to agree based on your opinion. Myself with some colleagues went to Ayawaso West Wagon, Ablekuma North and James Town to campaign for our beloved Party NPP and our President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo. Why campaign AGAINST whiles you can actually campaign FOR. It’s two different energy. One talks of Good and the other breeds Evil. However the hypocrisy in some of us so called friends are overwhelmingly surprising. A wake up call came for those who chant #idey4u for John Dumelo who are supposed friends and colleagues of John but have never posted or shown support towards his campaign until KALYBOS and Co went to show support for their party NPP. Now we are seeing people posting John, writing essays with BIG grammar as if they attended montessori exhibiting their Hypocrisy whiles we the ‘Sytocians’ did what we believe in. Hmm asem ooo, just be real to yourself and others. Well I am glad I was about to divulge the pretenders who wouldn’t do anything but will say everything. God is watching your buttocks. To @johndumelo1 I wish you all the best in this election and always know #idey4u but you’re in the other side ?. God Bless Ghana ?? “God Bless us all” ??.”

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Kalybos mentioned that his friendship with Dumelo did not mean they could not have dissenting political views and asked critics to quit being hypocrites.

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“Shame on you if you slut-shame hardworking women” – Mercy Eke blows hot

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Big Brother Naija 2019 edition winner, Mercy Eke, has taken to social media and slammed people who slut-shame hardworking women.


"Shame on you if you slut-shame women" – Mercy


The former “pepper them” housemate took to her Twitter page on Thursday and went hard on people who have formed the habit of slut-shaming hardworking women.

The reality TV star said shame on men who have sisters and mothers but still make it a habit to slut-shame hardworking women, adding that she has no words for women who partake in such stupid act.

She tweeted, ”If you have a mother and also have sisters, and you slut-shame hardworking women, shame on you. And if you are a woman and partake in such stupidity, I don’t have words for you. You all should know better.”

"Shame on you if you slut-shame women" – Mercy

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Nwankwo Kanu Fires Back At Osaze Odemwingie; Says He Will Choose His Family Over Everything (Video)

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READ ALSO: “How Can A Wife Of A Legend Like Nwankwo Kanu Be Chasing Me In My Dm” – Retired Nigerian Player, Osaze Odemwingie Exposes Amara Kanu (Photos)

Recall Osaze condemned Amara Kanu yesterday in a post on Instagram saying she has been chasing him in his dm relentlessly for a while and that he will not respond to her because it is not right for him to do so.

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Though Amara confronted him on the allegations he made against her yesterday, her husband, Nwankwo Kanu has sent out a message to Osaze saying his wife will never woo him and that he took the situation out of context.

READ ALSO: Bobrisky Shows Off The N15 Million Naira He Made In One Night With His Lover ‘Niyi’ (Video)

According to him, he will choose to stand by his family regardless of what people say.

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