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Lekki Shooting: CNN Releases CCTV Analysis, Says Footage Did Not Capture Everything

Lekki Shooting: CNN Releases CCTV Analysis, Says Footage Did

Renowned American news channel CNN has released an analysis of the Lagos State Government Security Camera footage of the Lekki tollgate shooting.

In the analysis, the American news channel claimed that the surveillance camera did not capture everything that happened at the Lekki tollgate.

READ ALSO:#EndSARS: More Trouble For Nigeria Government As CNN Gives Account Of Lekki Shootings

According to the news channel, what the surveillance camera failed to capture was the most important scene of the Lekki shootings.

The news channel in the report revealed that it obtained a copy of the CCTV clips prior to the assembly of the Justice Doris Okuwobi-led Lagos judicial panel’s sitting on Saturday.

Giving an analysis of the CCTV footage operations, CNN argued that the surveillance footage raised questions about what happened at the tollgate and why it did not provide clearer pictures.

“What is perhaps most notable is what’s missing, at 6:47 p.m., the moment when CNN has video of the army appearing to fire directly at protesters, the surveillance camera pans away from the area.

“The surveillance camera pans left and tilts up before reframing and struggling for focus. It is unclear if the camera pans away deliberately or whether the pan away is a poor choice by the CCTV operator,” 

"The LCC had previously testified at the panel on November 3 that the recording stopped at around 8 p.m. because it was tampered with.

"The surveillance footage once again raises questions about the investigation into what happened at the Lekki toll gate protest -- and why surveillance video from the evening does not provide a more complete picture," the report by CNN read.

It will be recalled that CNN had last week released a report confirming that lives were lost at the Lekki toll gate incident that happened during the #ENDSARS protests.

CNN in its report gave an account of an individual that lost his life in the cause of the protest.

Reacting to CNN's report, the minister of information Lai Mohammed condemned the foreign media establishment for being "unprofessional" in its reportage.

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