The Nigerian Army has denied hunting Obianuju Catherine Udeh, a Nigerian Disk Jockey, also known as DJ Switch, over a shooting incident at Lekki tollgate during #EndSARS protests. This comes amidst claims that the Army trailed the entertainer and threatened her life, forcing her to flee the country.
Appearing before the Judicial Panel of Inquiry set up by the Lagos State Government in Nigeria to investigate the incident, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Taiwo, the Commander of 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island, said DJ Switch made the allegations against the Army for pecuniary gains and to chase clout.
“Some people take delight in misrepresenting Nigeria, the armed forces, and particularly, the Nigerian Army to the international community and our fellow Nigerians. This, I believe, is done for pecuniary gains and to chase clout. Quite recently, a Nigerian, Catherine Udeh, also known as DJ Switch, claimed the Nigerian Army was looking for her. There is [This is] nothing further from the truth,” he said.
Dj Switch went viral after claiming she helped remove bullets from peaceful protesters who were shot at Lekki tollgate according to her Instagram Live feed. She recently appeared before the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of Canada’s House of commons to share her experience of the shooting and attacks on unarmed protesters at Lekki Toll Gate.
She noted that the military opened fire on the protesters after creating a three-formation line, debunking the Nigerian Army’s claims that soldiers fired blank bullets into the air. According to local reports, she told the Canadian parliament that she counted not less than seven persons shot, adding that one of the soldiers threatened to shoot her. The songwriter added that the first gunshot was heard from behind, adding that it was chaotic as people were running in different directions not to be hit by a bullet until protesters were told to lie on the floor.
“I remembered the military came in first, they stopped shooting at some point and I walked up to one of them and I asked why he was shooting at us and he said he had express order from above, and I was coming too close to him and if I come too close, it would be considered an attack on him and he would have to shoot. It didn’t take another ten minutes, the shooting started again. I remember seeing seven people that have been shot down and we were telling people on my live Instagram to help us call an ambulance,” she said.