1. There were several vehicles (captured in CNN videos) at the scene- for a shooting that happened for at least 7 hours, 8 minutes (by CNN reporting), the vehicles should be riddled with live bullets (claimed to have been used).
If there are no people with bullet-riddled bodies, a detailed investigation would have gone after the several bullet-riddled vehicles, at the least…and we know the military didn’t go away with people’s “dead cars”.
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2. Matthew: Using his picture, CNN allegedly geolocated a certain injured Matthew to Lekki toll at 6.50pm.
This was only 7 minutes into their reported time of the military beginning to shoot. According to a BBC reporter who was there for at least 20 minutes, the soldiers were shooting into the air and not at protesters.
Matthew may well have been injured…but from what is the question?
While CNN used his picture (with supposed blood stain), they were silent about the source or nature of his injury (conveniently so, it appears, the image is all that’s needed).
3. Victor Ibanga: His body is the only one in the written CNN report (allegedly captured on camera by eye-witness at Lekki-toll gate) 1:04 am.
Unlike Matthew’s case that CNN claimed to verify by geolocation, they made no such assertion in Victor’s case, and merely relied on the video recording as evidence it was at Lekki-toll and at the time claimed.
A. The soldiers had left well before this time by all accounts (this was over 6 hours after they initially got there).
This is way within a different time frame from when the soldiers were there, and much after when Channels News broadcasted from Lekki-toll (after the soldiers left).
Inference is that nothing in this particular case ties Victor’s death to the soldiers.
B. At 1:04 am, the police/SARS team of killers were supposedly on rampage at the toll-gate, killing anything that moved (according to CNN’s eye- witnesses)…but in Victor Ibanga’s video, we saw a calm scene, with guys around him and one trying to talk to him.
Is that how a scene of police and SARS shooting anything that moves look like?
4. Wisdom Okon: They reported the story of an 18 year old (with his picture), who supposedly went to the protest and got missing.
Problem is, the only evidence of his supposed attendance was his sister’s claim- the sister (who didn’t attend the protest), simply claimed her brother (who she admits was new in Lagos and didnt know anyone at the protest) went there.
CNN provided no shred of evidence he attended the protest, let alone any evidence that anything happened to him, there.
Again, the picture and sentiment it would generate seemed the objective.
Above are the three featured cases of a supposed detailed investigagion.
5. According to CNN’s prime witness (DJ switch), Police and SARS came 40 to 45 minutes after the soldiers left.
This would mean the police/SARS squad was there shooting and killing people for at least 5 hours.
Curiously, CNN could reach no one, who in those 5 hours snapped a picture or recorded a video of the police/SARS, who were allegedly there for way much longer than the military had initially stayed- CNN provided no shred of evidence of their presence either through their eye-witnesses or geolocation.
6. CNN reported victims getting to hospital by 7:19pm…again, based on video evidence they claimed.
We have it on record that there was only shooting into the air for at least 20 minutes (BBC reporter) and that started at 6.43 CNN)…so when were these folks injured by military bullets?
A detailed investigation would have necessitated visiting the hospital to ascertain the cause of injury for these early ones and obtain reports confirming whether or not they were indeed injured with military bullets.
Conveniently, CNN didn’t do this, and left the reader to simply imagine they were victims of soldier bullets.
7. For all the geolocation capabilities and sourced videos and pictures, not a single evidence of when DJ switch/protesters handed over bodies to the soldiers (as widely claimed) was presented.
Not one video or picture of when the soldiers and also Police/SARS were taking the bodies (as widely claimed) was provided as evidence.
This is at the heart of the narrative and allegation, and the one and only evidence that will nail the case, irrefutably- but not a shred of evidence through their geolocation or in any other way was presented by CNN.
We saw videos supposedly made during the night, so the military didn’t seize the phones of protesters, so was there a conspiracy by the protesters to not capture the biggest moments of the night?…by same protesters that allegedly captured lesser weighty moments?
8. The prime witness says she saw at least 15 bodies (meaning it could be more- say 20) that the soldiers killed and allegedly took away.
They also claim Police/SARS also came and killed. The police were not said to be shooting into the air like the soldiers, they were more business-like, they came to kill…”shooting anything that moves”…and they did this for about 5 hours going by the timeline offered by CNN and their eye-witnesses.
So, it’s only logical that the Police/SARS combo must have killed about 3 times more than the soldiers, at the very least…which will make out a minimum of 45 bodies.
Did they also make away with all these bodies?…and therefore, we are realistically looking for about 60 bodies?
9. CNN mentioned speaking to many families that were looking for their folks, who allegedly attended the Lekki toll protest.
Curiously, the only evidence to back this claim was the supposed claim of Wisdom Okon’s sister (earlier mentioned).
There’s no evidence Wisdom was even at the protest.
10. For all the shootings…and which was allegedly done with live bullets that night, we shouldn’t be seeing only shell casings.
We should have hundreds and maybe thousands of fired bullets in bodies, on the floor, vehicles, everywhere- the bullets allegedly used, (going by CNN and their eye-witnesses) don’t disintegrate into thin air.
Bullets should have been picked up everywhere…and should still be lodged in different places.
A detailed investigation would have hunted for hundreds of these bullets and presented the findings as evidence- documenting with pictures, where each was found buried or lying.
We will keep waiting.
11. CNN claimed the soldiers approached from both ends, meaning the soldiers were on two sides, opposite themselves.
Logically, it means the soldiers stood on their own line of fire, and since they were supposedly shooting AT protesters in front of them, they were logically shooting at themselves, well within the range of live bullets.
How sensible is it for the soldiers to put themselves in the line of live bullets?…let the reader and CNN make sense of it.
12. The so-called frame of soldiers shooting directly at protesters look like it rested on simply drawing two circles round what one couldn’t make sense of after watching repeatedly. Conveniently, their narrator said “it appears” like…
When you are sure of what you are seeing, it doesn’t “appear like”…you state it affirmatively.
That wouldn’t even cut it, as the military said their men used blanks, making it imperative for CNN to show with clear evidence that they actually shot at people with live rounds, to counter the military.
A detailed investigation will also be sure to look at a gun battle between hoodlums and police, that was reported in same axis, same night, and be sure to diligently seperate findings from both, to prevent muddled reports and claims.
This is not an exhaustive list of posers, but sufficient for CNN and any rational mind to ponder on.
Posers raised after CNN’s updates to their story as of 21/11/2020.
Burden of Proof: It is essential to state that irrespective of the conduct of those accused in this case, the burden of showing proof/convincing evidence that the alleged acts took place, rests with those who allege.
PS: This is no attempt to stop anyone from believing whatsoever they choose, but intended for critical minds who seek to intelligently interrogate issues, in a bid to establish facts by reason and logic.
This is more important for some of us, knowing the plethora of fake and debunked videos, pictures and claims that trailed the alleged massacre, precipitating unfortunate but largely disregarded real deaths and wanton destruction of lives and properties.
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The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity), has warned security agencies against extra-judicial killing and harassment of innocent Nigerians in the course of fishing out those responsible for the killings of security personnel and attacks on security formations and those fuelling insecurity in the South- East and South-South.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Tuesday during deliberations of the Security Council meeting approved undisclosed new security measures for the two regions aftermath of multiple attacks on security formations.
The NAS Capoon, Mr Abiola Owoaje, in a statement titled ‘The Growing Tempest in East & South’ said it is important “that the security services do not engage in presumption group-blame, collective punishment, and extra-judicial killings in the course of investigating these crimes”.
Owoaje pointed out that such “unbridled illegalities and high-handedness will only go to further alienate local communities, and deepen the antipathy that already characterizes the relationship between them and law enforcement agencies.”
The association while strongly condemning the attacks and killing of security personnel condoled with families that lost loved ones and urged the government to do all within the confines of the law to get the perpetrators and make them face the fall wrath of the law.
According to him, NAS is disturbed that the insecurity in the two regions has further exacerbated the deteriorating security situation in the country.
Owoaje called on the government to move swiftly, and with unaccustomed competence and diligence, to arrest the current climate of insecurity across the two regions.
The statement read in part “This gradual slide into anarchy in the South-East and South-South regions has the potential to expand the number of ungoverned spaces in Nigeria, further, stretch our security apparatus, and engender devastating social and economic consequences for the country as a whole.
“We urge the security agencies in the two regions to resist the temptation of seeing themselves as a force of occupation out to subjugate the people and unleash terror among the teeming law-abiding citizens. They should approach their task with a sincerity of purpose, and rein in the criminal elements intent on foisting terror and bloodletting. Evidence abounds of previous overzealous interventions by security agencies that have aggravated insecurity in the two regions rather than contain the same. Unprofessional conduct and prejudice from those entrusted with such operations must not be tolerated.
“The government and security agencies have a constitutional duty to protect the lives and property of the peace-loving residents of the two regions from harm. No innocent Nigerian should be harassed, intimidated, or made to suffer under any guise of combing for suspected criminal elements in the South-East and South-South regions.”
As part of efforts to develop manpower that can address future challenges in Nigeria, the Lagos State Lotteries Board (LSBL) has established a science-based educational quiz competition that would aid young inventors towards achieving their goals of producing technologies that could proffer solution to human needs across the country.
The science-based quiz competition, LSBL said, is Eko S.T.E.M Quiz, would prepare the students for science and technology and bridge the invention gap between Nigeria particularly in Lagos and other major cities globally.
According to the lotteries board, the EKO STEM competition was designed for the public and low-cost private secondary school students in Senior Secondary School (SSS) 2 to boost their passion for science and technology.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the lotteries board, Bashir Are, while addressing pressmen yesterday in Ikeja, added that the aim was to further sustain the ongoing development in the education sector embarked upon by the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to take education to next level in Lagos.
Are noted that the intervention was part of the board’s functions, saying, we are allowed by section 33 of Lagos State Lotteries Board (amended) law of 2008 to give some interventions in Education, infrastructure, environment, social, and health in the state.
He added that the intervention in education development would ensure that the state has a skilled workforce that could address its challenges in science and technology which had continued to alter previous workforce arrangements globally.
Earlier, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Lotteries, Olufunmilola Olotu, stressed that to prepare the students for the future, “it is important to proactively promote the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum”.
Olotu stated that quiz competition is a form of education, just as she described education as a process of acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.
Olotu explained that this competition would provide the ground for the state government to achieve its goal in technology, preparing the mind of the students for the future, adding, the contents could be re-used for teaching.
The senior special assistant explained that the competition was essential for the children and that it would not only educate but also entertain the students in the country particularly Lagos.
She argued that the EKO STEM quiz competition would afford the students an opportunity to choose their career path and understand importance of teamwork.
Olotu, who emphasized that the year-long competition would be broadcast on Television for viewers that would watch from home, hinted that the ultimate prize for winners is a Scholarship award to study anywhere globally and a visit to the Silicon Valley.
“lt is our belief that in any educational system, academic competition is of utmost importance because it contributes to a child’s development and learning process. A healthy competition among academic institutions nurtures various values and opportunities, including but not limited to prestige, media exposure, monetary donations, and research grants,” she added.
Explaining modalities for the competition that is set to provide a platform for over 1,500 students to achieve their dream, the governor’s aide explained that preliminary examination would hold May 15th for both public and private schools across the 57 Local Government and Local Council Development Area (LCDA).
According to her, all results will be collated and input into the online system, and with the system cut-off mark, those that had better scores will proceed to the Computer-Based examination stage and other stages.
… 21 Schemes In The Works, Says Commissioner
By the end of 2023, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu would have delivered 35 housing schemes to close the huge deficit in the sector, Commissioner for Housing Mr. Moruf Akinderu-Fatai has said on Tuesday.
Of the schemes, 14 have been delivered within the first two years of the Sanwo-Olu administration, adding over 7,000 affordable housing units to the market.
Akinderu-Fatai spoke on the achievements of the Ministry of Housing during the ongoing inter-ministerial briefing to commemorate Governor Sanwo-Olu’s second year in office.
He said the Government was committed to reducing the housing deficit and providing affordable homes for the greater number of residents, stressing that the Sanwo-Olu administration would be delivering 21 housing schemes before the end of 2023.
The Commissioner was optimistic that the administration would realise its mass housing programmes, despite the prevailing economic situation in the country, adding that policies initiated had enhanced access for low- and high-income families.
He said: “The last two years have been eventful in the Ministry of Housing, as we have strengthened our efforts to realise the housing programmes of the current administration. We have completed and delivered various schemes across Lagos, including Lateef Jakande Gardens in Igando, Lagos State Affordable Public Housing Scheme in Idale Badagry, LagosHOMS Lekki Phase 2 and Babatunde Raji Fashola Estate, Courtland Villas, Igbokushu, among others.
“We have four housing schemes recently completed and are due for commissioning in the coming days. They are located in Odo Onosa Ayandelu, Agbowa, Magodo/Omole, Gbagada and Ibeshe. In all, a total of 14 schemes have been completed and these added over 7,000 affordable housing units to the market. We have other ongoing housing projects, totalling 21 schemes, which are being developed through budgetary allocation and joint ventures.”
Speaking on affordability and accessibility of the schemes, Akinderu-Fatai said the homes are for both low and high net worth individuals in highbrow and low-income settlements, including Igando, Igbokusu, Lekki, Badagry, Igbogbo, Odo-Onosa/Ayandelu, Agbowa, Sangotedo, Epe, Ilubirin, Epe and Egan-Igando.
On the strategies to tackle the housing deficit, Akinderu-Fatai hinted that the State Government was partnering multinational development partners for the construction of mass housing estates. He said henceforth, housing provision would be in the realm of thousands of homes to drastically reduce the burden.
The Commissioner praised Sanwo-Olu for his commitment and passion at ensuring that greater number of residents achieve their dream of becoming homeowners, adding that the State Government needed the support of all stakeholders towards providing decent and stable shelter for residents.
He said: “The task of bridging the housing gap in Lagos is demanding and we are extending our willingness to private sector participants to come in and invest in the housing sector to reduce the hardship faced by the people in their quest for decent shelter.”
Akinderu-Fatai said that the Lagos Mortgage Board had strengthened the “Rent-to-Own” policy, putting many residents on the homeownership ladder. He pointed out that the scheme targeted first-time homeowners, saying: “It has given a good opportunity to both to the low and middle-income citizens to become home owners.”
In the housing development projects, the Commissioner said the State Government had boosted the local economy by hundreds of local workers, artisans, suppliers and contractors for the scheme.
“There are intense construction activities on many housing schemes all over the State revitalising the housing delivery value chain. The fact that the construction sites are active means economic engagement for hundreds of workers, artisans, suppliers and contractors. This brings vibrancy that increases the economic resilience of our people,” Akinderu-Fatai said.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Housing, Mrs. Toke Awoyinka-Benson, said the Government made efforts to make Lagos an investor-friendly State, given its housing development laws, and establishment of the Lagos State Real Estate Regulatory Authority (LASRERA).
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