Nigerian music DJ artiste, Obianuju Catherine Udeh, professionally known as DJ Switch, who was present and went live on social media when soldiers shot at peaceful protesters in Lekki, Lagos, in Tuesday, has shared her experience.
The DJ stated that armed soldiers and police officers shot at her and other peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate on Tuesday night. She said at least 15 people were killed in the shootings and that she and other survivors took the victims’ bodies to the soldiers who took them away.
“Something I think about in hindsight’s that I wished we hadn’t done was that we carried dead bodies and dropped them at the feet of the soldiers, when I asked their wing commander why they are killing us.
“I wished we didn’t do that because they ended up throwing the bodies into their vans,” she said in a video she posted on social media.
She also shown the spent bullets she recovered from the scene of the shooting.
The attack on the unarmed protesters occurred hours after the Lagos State Government imposed a curfew in Lagos. The protesters continued their sit-in despite the announcement of the curfew which was to start by 9 p.m. in Tuesday. The shooting started before 9 p.m. with the celebrity live streaming the protest and the shooting until she could not continue.
DJ Switch’s statement appears the clearest explanation yet from a witness about what happened in Lekki. It also seeks to clarify the claims that there was no shooting because bodies of victims could not be found.
The army has denied shooting at the protesters, despite contrary evidence, and Governor Sanwo-Olu has only admitted that two people died from the shooting.
The governor has promised an investigation while President Muhammadu Buhari has kept mum about the Lekki shooting. The military reports to the president and the governor has said he never authorised the deployment of the soldiers.
Amnesty International has said that at least 12 people were killed on Tuesday at both Alausa and Lekki toll gate.
you will recall that the Lekki shooting has been condemned by many Nigerians and members of the International Community including the U.S. government.
Watch the video of DJ Switch narrating her experience here