Lauretta Onochie, Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media, has blasted CNN over its investigative report on the Lekki shooting.
On Thursday, the aide stated that CNN lied to the international community, adding that Nigeria will not be intimidated.
According to her “I’m not upset that CNN lied to the world about my nation, Nigeria. I’m upset that they think we are so stupid that we will swallow their lies. We won’t be bullied into believing a lie!”, she tweeted.
CNN on Wednesday released an investigative report alleging that the Nigerian army used live bullets on protesters during its intervention in the #EndSARS protests in Lekki, Lagos state.
The international media outlet also unveiled the identity of a protester who reportedly died on the night of the shootings.
Despite the denial by the federal government and the Nigerian Army, CNN said a forensic probe of the bullet casings recovered from the scene of the incident revealed that live bullets were fired at the protesters.
On October 20, soldiers marched to the Lekki toll plaza at about 6:45pm and opened fire.
After the initial claim that troops were not deployed to the location, the Army said only blank bullets were fired.
Brigadier General, Ahmed Ibrahim Taiwo, Commander 81 Division, told the Lagos Judicial Panel that the military arm was called in by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Taiwo noted that the Army responded, “to forestall further violence and loss of lives”.
Meanwhile, Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said Cable News Network( CNN) should be sanctioned for its investigative report on the October 20 Lekki shootings.