*ENDSARS: CNN BACKTRACKS FROM CLAIM THAT 38 DIED AT LEKKI TOLL GATE*
*Nigerians lambast news network for inconsistencies, disinformation in its report
The Cable News Network (CNN) has backtracked from its earlier position that at least 38 persons were killed by the Nigerian military on Tuesday, October 20 during the EndSARS protests at Lekki Toll Gate, as many Nigerians have lambasted the news network for projecting misinformation and its inconsistent reportage on the EndSARs protests and alleged number of deaths at the Lekki Toll Gate.
It would be recalled that on October 23, the CNN Africa on its Twitter page stated categorially that, “At least 38 people were killed in Nigeria on Tuesday when the military opened fire on peaceful protesters. But the President failed to address the carnage during his speech on Thursday, drawing criticism from protesters who accuse him of failing to show empathy and unify the nation.”
The station had followed that with a broadcast that failed to substantiate its claims, as the report brought out only one person who alleged that his brother might have been killed at the Lekki Toll Gate. This was despite the fact that the CNN correspondent Nima Elbagir stated that the network spoke to hundreds of persons who were at the scene.
And, in an apparent volte-face, and to save face from the embarrassment of its flawed reportage, the CNN posted a tweet of what it called a ‘Clarification’ under the previous October 23 tweet. The Clarification stated that, “This tweet from October 23 did not attribute the death toll from protests in Nigeria to Amnesty International. The tweet also did not make it clear that the death toll was for protests across the country.”
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