In a new video released on Friday, DJ Switch tearfully gave a detailed account of the violent crackdown on unarmed #EndSARS protesters at Lekki toll booth in Lagos which left the world stunned on Tuesday October 20.
The Nigerian disc jockey and singer suffered the most horrific ordeal of her life when security agents opened fire on peaceful protesters, causing horrendous injuries and a number of casualties.
Three days after the incident, DJ Switch — real name Obianuju Catherine Udeh — attended to her own injuries and got some rest, however she has finally come out to share her experience and the biggest mistake she made.
While recalling the incident, the 2013 Glo X-factor winner who livestreamed the shooting asked the authorities not to insult the intelligence of Nigerians when giving their own account of what happened on that day.
Recall that the Nigerian Army had denied any involvement in the shooting, even stating that videos showing their officers in action were photoshopped.
According to her, the military aimed at the protesters as they fired gunshots. She also said that officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Sqad came in after the military had left and also attacked them.
”I just want to clear a few things that I have been seeing online. To our leaders, I urge you please do not minimize the suffering of families. Do not insult the grief of Nigerians, do not insult the intelligence of Nigerians. Do not insult the pains the families are facing,” she said.
“People were falling left and right. Yes there were soldiers there. Another part that people are not talking about is that the police also came. The SARS people we are talking about, they also came, some maybe 40-45 minutes after the soldiers left.
“We were teargassed. The teargass was like Cotonou pepper mixed with acid. We were running. We would run and we would come back and the only thing we fought with was our flags. We would sit on the floor and we would raise or hands up, raising our flags and singing the national anthem. That was all we had.
“They put off the lights. Even if there was no power in that axis, there was always light at the tollgate. There was no lights. The street lights were off. It was pitch black.”
Speaking further, she said: ‘“A boy jumped on me and was shouting cover her, cover her. I didn’t even understand why he did that. They shot that boy on my back. I fell and while the soldiers were picking their shells, we were running around and picking their shells too because we wanted proof.”
She showed photos of bullet shells picked from the ground, indicating one that was fired close to her ears and another that was removed from someone’s lap.
“While the soldiers were running around and picking their shells, we were running around and picking their shelves too. The police and SARS were also there, pointing the gun at us and shooting live bullets. Who takes live bullets to a protest?,” she said.
“To our leaders, I urge you to please not insult the intelligence of Nigerians and the families.”
DJ Switch expressed regrets that she and others allowed the military to take the bodies of the deceased persons. ”Something I think of in hindsight I wish we hadn’t done it but we carried dead bodies and dropped at the feet of the soldiers so that they could see what they did to us,” she said in regret. “When I asked their unit commander why are you killing us? I wish we didn’t do that because they ended up throwing the bodies in their van. This was up until the next morning.” she recounted.
She dissociated herself from the social media accounts claiming she said 78 persons died. She said she and others counted 15 dead bodies. ”I never said 78 people died. What I do know is that when I was doing the live, 7 people had died. When my phone died, we had counted about 15 people. I don’t know if it was more than that. We had a lot of people stray bullet wound, gunshot wounds, and all that,” she noted.
People did die. It wasn’t photoshopped. I must be a tech genius to photoshop a livefeed.” she said. She also dismissed reports that her cousin died in the incident.
Thanking everyone for their prayers and support, DJ Switch said, “We must continue to move. We must continue. If we stop I fear it will probably be the next 60 years before we talk about this again. We must continue peacefully. I condemn any sort of violence. I condemn the burning of buses and peoples livelihood.”
Watch the full video below:
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