US-based CNN is not backing down in its media war with the Nigerian government over the alleged killing of protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos.
Information minister Lai Mohammed called CNN’s reporting on the October 20 incident “fake news” and “a hoax”. He also wrote the CNN and demanded that the international news platform investigate its reporters for poor journalistic conduct.
But CNN responded on Tuesday with another report on the alleged killing of EndSARS protesters by men of the Nigerian Army.
In the new report, CNN drew attention to the military’s recent admission of taking live bullets to Lekki tollgate. Military representative Ahmed Taiwo told a Lagos inquiry soldiers took bullets along to protect themselves from hoodlums.
The army, which had initially denied ever being at the scene, had also said it only fired blank bullets into the air and not at protesters.
CNN showed footage which contradicted the Nigerian Army’s claim.
Meanwhile, United Kingdom lawmakers have told thier government to ban Nigerian politicians and officials over the incident.