An activist, Kenechukwu Okeke has threatened to sue staff of the Cable News Network (CNN) over their role in amplifying fake news that led to the wanton destruction of properties in the wake of the #EndSARS protests.
CNN in an investigation revealed that the Nigerian Army indeed used live bullets on peaceful protesters at Lekki toll gate.
The report has generated many reactions online with some Nigerians dismissing this report and calling it a work of fiction. Others saw it as reinforcement of an earlier alleged massacre.
Okeke has also in the last 7 days, filed a case in an Abuja Chief Magistrate Court against 60 sponsors of the protests, including Pastor Sam Adeyemi, Aisha Yesufu, Falz, and others on the grounds that he lost properties to the destructions caused by the protesters.
CNN in its report not alleged that the army used live bullets, it also claimed to have spoken to a brother of a victim. It also claimed to have trace the bullets to the ones purchased by the Nigerian government from Serbia in 2005.
Okeke in a Twitter thread on Wednesday said the investigation by CNN is an affront on Nigeria’s sovereignty and must be sanctioned.
He threatened to initiate a criminal contempt proceeding against CNN staff, adding that the investigation is an attempt to challenge the Lagos judicial panel.
According to him, CNN should have rather testified as a witness before the judicial panel.
His tweet read: “It is an affront or impingement on Nigeria’s sovereignty or judicial processes for the CNN to have investigated, concluded or pre-judged issues being litigated or debated before a tribunal established by law. This is intolerable, and there must be sanctions.
“I will, therefore, initiate criminal contempt proceedings against all the @CNN staff (without any exception) that deliberately and egregiously impugned the majesty of the courts or any tribunal established by law in Nigeria. Justice is too important to be decided by the media.
“CNN ought to have testified under oath as witness (es) before the tribunals to establish any such ‘investigations’. Otherwise is a deliberate act to impugn (egregiously) or preempt the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry. We will not have it though, as the courts are sacred.
“Without an exception’ herein includes any person(s) or actor(s) that improperly collaborated on substantive factual and legal issues on @Twitter (or any other social media platforms), outside of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiries (tribunals),” he said.
Sadly, it was gathered, some Nigerians have refused to accept the enormity of their lies about the Lekki Toll Gate, despite all the information they believe having been exposed and neutralised by evidences given by witnesses testimonies at the Lagos judicial panel.