#EndSARS: DJ Switch Granted Asylum In Canada After Multiple Threats To Her Life
Nigerian Dj who streamed the Lekki Toll Gate shooting during the #EndSARS on her Instagram Live, DJ Switch has been granted asylum in Canada according to reports.Sahara Reporters published she sought asylum in Canada after several threats to her life following her live stream of the Lekki massacre.
It was also stated she gave a full account of what transpired that unfortunate night to the Sub-committee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development of the Canadian parliament. She shared that soldiers who opened fire on peaceful protesters were working with “orders from above.”
DJ Switch real name Obianuju Catherine Udeh said she had to flee Nigeria after several threats to her life.
She relived the incident to the panel. According to Switch, she counted at least 7 persons that were shot by the military.
“What started out as a protest against police brutality with the unit called SARS unfortunately degenerated into something I still find hard to reconcile within my heart
We got information that the government wants to see me and six other people. And I remember saying to them that we have no leader and if the government wanted to speak with us, he should kindly come to the toll gate and address Nigerians because we have been out for eleven days.”
“As we didn’t know where the gunshots were coming from and what they are about and then the lights went off.”
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“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.”
“I have been on the move because they have been after my life. The first threat came in, I thought it was a joke. I sincerely thought it was a joke. Just as I was leaving, I got a phone call that I should leave the vicinity because there are military men at the hospital.
“I had to abandon my home, i moved from people’s home. And then just to get out of Nigeria, i am still travelling, and I am not done with my trip,”
Peter Okoye’s personal assistant Charles Abi has confirmed Dj Switch is not in Nigeria. The DJ was signed to Peter Okoye’s management in 2017. He was also one of the persons she thanked in her appreciation after the incident.
“I want to thank a few people who, at the risk of their lives, came to get me. My life was being threatened for speaking up.” she said.
Speaking to newsmen of The Punch, Charles Abi said he would rather not disclose her current location for safety reasons.
“We do not want to say anything at the moment and that is the truth. This is a matter of threat and we do not want to say anything at the moment. She had been getting a lot of threats and the truth is that she is not even in Nigeria at the moment and she is safe. We will not want to answer whether she is in Canada for now. But she is not in the country and she is safe.
I cannot tell you if DJ Switch testified at a Canadian parliament. But if you see that the Canadian parliament posted it, then she probably did it. I know that she has not posted anything and I remember that my boss told her not to post anything; but in due time, she will speak out.
She got threats from every angle; she received death threats from every angle; so, she just had to leave. I am just going to say this because of her safety, we just have to keep things quiet low.”
The International Criminal Court (ICC) recently begun investigations into the crimes against humanity that took place at Lekki Toll Plaza on October 20th, 2020.
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