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VIDEO: Lekki Shootings: We stand by our report – CNN replies Nigerian govt

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The Cable News Network, CNN has reacted to the threat of sanctions from the Nigerian Government, insisting that the Nigerian army shot live bullets on protesters in the Lekki toll gate, Lagos during the #EndSARS protests on Tuesday, October 20.

It said its report was based on testimony from dozens of witnesses and verified footage of soldiers appearing to shoot in direction of protesters.

A statement by its spokesperson read, “our reporting was carefully and meticulously researched, and we stand by it.”

CNN stated this in a report on Thursday in response to comments by the Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, that the news platform practised “irresponsible journalism” by relying on fake videos sourced from social media to produce its report.

CNN had published an investigative report this week claiming soldiers fired live ammunition directly at protesters at the Lekki toll gate, a claim which Mohammed denied on Thursday.

“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,” Mohammed told reporters at a press conference in Abuja today.

“This is very serious and CNN should be sanctioned for that,” he added.

The  minister also described the event of October 20, 2020 as a “massacre without bodies”, insisting that not a single body has been produced or a single family has come out to claim their family member was killed at the Lekki tollgate.

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.”

The Lekki incident has been condemned locally and internationally by civil rights organisations.

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Boko Haram : Military airstrike knocks out ISWAP logistics base, kills terrorists in Borno

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Military airstrikes have knocked out Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) logistics base, and killed several   terrorists at Tumbun Rego in Borno State.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters Abuja, Maj Gen John Enenche disclosed this on Tuesday.

He said,”The Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE has knocked out an Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) logistics base and neutralized several of their fighters in air strikes conducted at Tumbun Rego on the fringes of Lake Chad in Borno State.

“The mission was executed on 22 November 2020 on the heels of credible intelligence reports indicating that the location, with its makeshift structures camouflaged under dense vegetation, was being used by the terrorists as a hub for logistics items conveyed via the lake and its tributaries for onward transportation using trucks/ motorcycles.

“The Air Task Force therefore dispatched Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships to attack the location.

“Overhead the target area, significant number of ISWAP elements were observed.

“These were engaged in successive passes by the NAF attack aircraft resulting in the destruction of the terrorists’ structures as well as the  neutralization of several of their fighters ”

Enenche commended the Air Task Force for their professionalism and urged them to remain resolute in the conduct of operations in order to rid the Country of all terrorists elements.

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Kidnappers Abduct Minister of Agriculture’s brother in Kano

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Suspected gunmen on Monday morning stormed the family house of Minister of Agriculture, Alh Sabo Nanono, and whisked away his brother named, Babawuro Tofai.

Personal Assistant to the Minister, Umar Wali who confirmed the abduction  said the gunmen attacked the house around 1.00 am, in Gabasawa local government area of Kano State

‘’Before abducting Babawuro Tofai, a young boy in the house was also beaten and he sustained a fracture in the course of the attack,’’ said Wali.

He said they are yet to get communication with the abductor.

Reports earlier say  that earlier on Monday around 2.00 am, gunmen attacked Tumpapi village, Garko local government area beheaded a man and matcheted his son.

The duo were buried around 9.00 am on Monday.

The spokesperson of the Kano State Police Command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, when contacted could not be reached as his phone was switched off.

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Just in: Gunmen abduct Nasarawa APC Chairman

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Mr Philip Tatari Shekwo, the chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), in Nasarawa State, has been kidnapped, by unknown persons.

Mr. Emmanuel Bola Longe, Police Commissioner in the state, who confirmed the incident in a telephone interview, said unidentified gunmen in large number stormed the resident of the APC chairman near Dunamis Church, Bukan Sidi, in Lafia, yesterday around 11pm and took him away to an unknown destination.

Mr Longe, stated that security agencies had reacted swiftly by deploying personnel to different forests locations in the state to ensure safe release of the chairman by his abductors.

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