Of all that happened during the EndSars protest in Nigeria, the Lekki shooting that saw some protesters dead seems to have outlived other events of the protest. Protesters who were eyewitnesses at the incident claimed that scores of people were killed and more wounded. Although, it is true that there are some videos from the incident that serve as evidence, the recent footage released by CNN, an international cable news Network might have made some Nigerians happy, but the absolute truth is that the footage does not adequately answer some questions that are worth asking, even more I would be revealing two things I observed in the video that showed that some clips of the multiple video footage contain some information that glaringly indicate that both CNN and some of the protesters present at the tollgate actually lied about some things.
The footage from CNN clearly indicated that the men of the Nigerian army were present at Lekki toll gate at around 6:43 p.m. in the evening, and it was true that the soldiers actually fired their guns and the most important of all is that truly some protesters were killed, as the live video stream from DJ switch and other eyewitnesses showed that people were killed. This clearly means that killings took place at Lekki toll gate. However, the two glaring lies told in the video released by CNN will be analysed below:
1. CNN claimed that the Nigerian soldiers never shot into the air and that they shot directly at protesters.
Well this is a half-baked truth. During the analytic description of the video, some sparks were seen. These Sparks were coming from the guns of the Nigerian soldiers. One of the Sparks was point upwards which means the gun was fired into the air. If the soldiers were massacring the protesters, they would not bother to shoot into the air. They would immediately without hesitation start shooting at the protesters. CNN mentioned that the Nigerian soldiers did not fire any shots into the sky when absolutely they did. Have you tried to ask why they fired the shots into the air? To possibly scare the protesters away. This simply means that they were never in Lekki to massacre anyone, but circumstances led to it.
First frame of the image below shows the spark going upwards, which means the shot were taken upwards.
2. Some protesters claimed that bullets were falling down by their sides.
This is another side of the story that proved that the soldiers actually fired shots into the sky. According to the national rifle Association, a bullet fired horizontally will travel up to 2,130 yards or about 1.2 miles. Therefore, a person standing a few feet away from the soldiers that fired the shots cannot possibly pick up the bullets, because the bullets would definitely fly past them.
Clearer image of the spark
Now, the only reason why the protesters were able to pick up bullets was because the soldiers possibly fired the bullets into the sky parabolically, and after the bullets reached their final velocity of 0 m/s, they fell back to the ground because of gravity and that was why the protesters were able to pick up the bullets at locations closer to where they were. So, it is very wrong to say that the soldiers were shooting at protesters at close range and the bullets were falling by their sides, it is very much impossible.
These are the two observations that showed that CNN was trying to paint the government black by presenting footage that possibly proved nothing.
The more you watch the CNN clip, the more you realise that it actually proved nothing. However, we all know that killings took place at Lekki and may the dead continue to rest in peace, and I believe they have not died for nothing.
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