Obianuju Catherine Udeh a.ok.a DJ Swap who captured the Lekki toll gate taking pictures in an Instalive session a number of weeks in the past, has narrated how their encounter with troopers performed out whereas showing earlier than the Sub-committee on Worldwide Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Overseas Affairs and Worldwide Improvement of the Canadian parliament.
The entertainer careworn that the navy opened fireplace on the protesters after making a three-line formation, and additional debunked the Nigerian military’s declare of firing clean bullets into the air.
DJ Swap disclosed that she counted not lower than seven individuals shot, including that one of many troopers threatened to shoot her.
“On October 20, 2020, we had spirited Nigerians there united with one objective towards police brutality towards dangerous governance.
“What began out as a protest towards police brutality with the unit known as SARS sadly degenerated into one thing I nonetheless discover laborious to reconcile inside my coronary heart.
“We acquired info that the federal government desires to see me and 6 different individuals and I bear in mind saying to them that we’ve got no chief and if the federal government needed to talk with us, he ought to kindly come to the toll gate and deal with Nigerians as a result of we’ve got been out for eleven days.”
Based on Sahara Reporters, DJ Swap stated the primary gunshot was heard from behind and the scene grew to become chaotic as individuals had been working in several instructions in order to not be hit by bullet till it was introduced that protesters ought to lie on the ground. She additional revealed that after the navy had been ordered to cease taking pictures by a senior navy officer, the police had been drafted to the toll gate and continued taking pictures at protesters, who had been nonetheless on the protest floor.
The entertainer stated;
“As we didn’t know the place the gunshots had been coming from and what they’re about after which the lights went off.
“I remembered the navy got here in first, they stopped taking pictures sooner or later and I walked as much as one in all them and I requested why he was taking pictures at us and he stated he had specific order from above, and I used to be coming too near him and if I come too shut, it will be thought-about an assault on him and he must shoot.
“It didn’t take one other ten minutes, the taking pictures began once more. I bear in mind seeing seven individuals which were shot down and we had been telling individuals on my dwell Instagram to assist us name an ambulance.”
DJ Swap who additional revealed that she has been in hiding following threats to her dwell by unknown individuals, averred that she initially thought it was an empty menace till she acquired a name that the navy had been attempting to arrest her.
“I’ve been on the transfer as a result of they’ve been after my life. The primary menace got here in, I assumed it was a joke, I sincerely thought it was a joke.
“Simply as I used to be leaving, I acquired a cellphone name that I ought to go away the neighborhood as a result of there are navy males on the hospital.
“I needed to abandon my residence, I moved from individuals’s residence, after which simply to get out of Nigeria. I’m nonetheless travelling, and I’m not accomplished with my journey.”