CNN avoids convening Lagos panel
Cable News Network (CNN), a popular American media company, avoided convening a Lagos commission to investigate the EndSARS murders.
The media house rejected a summons issued to the Lagos State Judicial Commission to investigate the alleged killing of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lecchi toll station in Lagos on the night of October 20.
The House of Foreign Media argued that it did not fall under the territorial jurisdiction of the collegium, headed by retired judge Doris Okuvobi, to justify the summons.
CNN, in a two-part report, accompanied by images and video clips, accuses the Nigerian army of allegedly killing peaceful demonstrators at a toll station in Lekki.
But the federal government denounced the CNN report as irresponsible, while the Nigerian military denied shooting or killing protesters.
In an objection filed through their lawyer Olumide Babalola, CNN, her reporter Stephanie Busari and her team argued that the November 28 subpoena against them was invalid because they were not on site. the geographic region of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and they have no physical or corporate presence in Nigeria.
“We believe that since the objectors are not ‘people from Nigeria’ as required by section 5 (c) of the Lagos Courts Investigation Act, Cap T6, this respectable court has no territorial jurisdiction. force them to be present to testify before him.
“We rely on Joshua Dariye v. Federal Republic of Nigeria (2015) LPELR-24398 (SC), in which the Supreme Court of Nigeria ruled that: Territorial jurisdiction means the geographic area within which jurisdiction can be exercised. a judicial body, outside of which the court has no authority to act, ”Babalola said.
The lawyer called on the jury to withdraw the subpoenas given to his clients and instead watch CNN’s coverage of the Lekki shooting.
He said: “The objectors respectfully refer the court to a link to the published version of the story posted on their website,” How a Bloody Night of Bullets Disrupted the Youth Protest Movement “to aid the court’s fact-finding mission.”
Also speaking to The PUNCH on Saturday, Babalola said that at the invitation of a jury to his private courtroom at the Lagos Arbitration Court in Lecchi, he met with the jury and reiterated CNN’s objection to the subpoena.
He said the group ultimately agreed to free CNN from appearing to testify before him, noting that it would document the objection in its final report.