CNN has reacted after Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed on Thursday called for sanction against the media organisation.
Recall that CNN had on Wednesday released its investigation which uncovered evidence that the Nigerian army and police opened fire on unarmed protestors on October 20.
CNN’s investigation focused on a demonstration against police brutality, led by the largely peaceful “#EndSARS” movement. Minister for Information and Culture Lai Mohammed Thursday dismissed the CNN investigation as “fake news” and “misinformation,” repeatedly denying the military used live rounds against protesters.
“Like everyone else, I watched the CNN report. I must tell you that it reinforces the disinformation that is going around, and it is blatantly irresponsible and a poor piece of journalistic work by a reputable international news organization,” he told reporters at a press conference in Abuja, in the most significant federal government response so far to the October 20 violence.
“This is very serious and CNN should be sanctioned for that,” he said. Reacting, a spokesperson for CNN said it stands by its investigation.“Our reporting was carefully and meticulously researched, and we stand by it,” the spokesperson said via email. 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.
A lot has happened today as the Special Voting continues in all the 275 constituencies across the country.
With just a few hours to end the special voting process, Ghpage has chanced on a sad video of a landlord ejecting a tenant for supporting NPP and refusing to vote for the NDC come December 7.
The tenant, a woman with kids who seemed to be an NPP fanatic despite the warnings her landlord made it clear still can’t denounce her party for anything.
The woman who seems to insist on voting for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) was then dragged out of her rented room while the landlord drags her bags along.
The woman was heard in the video pleading with the landlord indicating to him that she was hurt and that evicting her from the house was not right because she has nowhere to go.
“I built this house with monies I made from the NDC so if you’ll not vote for the NDC pack your things and leave my house. I said vote for the NDC and if you won’t vote for the NDC then move out.” the landlord was heard saying.
Former Big Brother Naija housemate, Terseer Waya a.k.a Kiddwaya has thrown shades at haters who are bearing grudges in their hearts.
Speaking via his recent tweet, the billionaire son advised haters to either bring a chair to the round table or continue looking through the window from the outside hating.
In his words;
“Happy new month everyone. Remember. The hate in your heart you have for other people will stay in your heart. So you can either find a way to bring a chair to the round table, or continue to look through the window from the outside hating.”
Ghanaian comedienne, Afia Schwarzenegger has sent a word of advice to all Ghanaian ladies ahead of the yuletide.
December is here again and Ghanaian ladies will be hoping to go out and have fun with their fiancees.
It is from this backdrop that the comedienne is giving this advice. According to her, since the economic hardship due to the pandemic has been intense, ladies will have to apologize to their fiancees even if the guy is at fault.