DJ Switch, Nigerian disc jockey, has again returned to the spotlight over the authenticity of her claims on fatalities recorded during last year’s shooting of #EndSARS protesters at Lekki, Lagos.
The development follows a recent report by the US Department of State that there was no accurate information on the actual casualty figures recorded during the Lekki shooting.
Hours before a curfew was scheduled to begin on October 20, soldiers had stormed the Lekki tollgate — where youths protesting against police brutality had gathered — and started shooting.
Switch, who filmed the incident, had claimed that at least 15 persons were shot dead while several others sustained injuries of varying degrees.
Amnesty International had also insisted that about 10 people died of gunshot injuries during the incident.
But Lai Mohammed, minister of information, had dismissed the claims while the army also said it did not use live bullets on the protesters as alleged by a CNN investigation.
But according to a report released on Tuesday, the US said the contradictions in the various reports made it difficult to ascertain the actual fatalities of the Lekki incident.
The development has since sparked heated reactions on Twitter with Nigerians again expressing mixed views over DJ Switch’s claims that people died during the incident.
“I can’t believe what I’m reading this morning about Dj Switch. I’m seriously disappointed in my country people, don’t know you people are this daft. So because USA said some shit, you all come to a conclusion that the video (live video for that) was fake and staged,” a user wrote.
“DJ Switch claimed 15 bodies and CNN only confirmed 1 dead. What all of these mean is that the claim of a massacre is not verifiable in any shape or form even after almost 6 months. No relatives, no one coming to seek justice. My contention has always been the word massacre,” another user wrote.
Here’s what others had to say:
All it took was 1( ONE) report from the US which doubts that there was a massacre on 20/10/20 for people to turn on Dj Switch and millions of Nigerians and call them liars.
Whatever Buhari must have offered the US must be too good to turn down for them to contradict CNN too
— I.K.E.N.N.A (@evraaikay40) April 1, 2021
Dj switch said Soldiers are killing people,djswitch a nobody asked the soldiers why are they killing them without her been kee
Dj switch did a live video and she counted 15 bodies without filming them,nollywood shit 😃
— QUDUS 1 (@QDpaper1) April 1, 2021
Dj switch will always say the true
By the Brits Am not surprised
US is one of the biggest problems we have in Nigeria…they know everything that's happening in Nigeria now #LEKKILIES
So they want to say that they did see videos drop during the #EndSARS protest all ova world
— @phwarrior1🔱🔱🔱 (@GregNwadinobi) April 1, 2021
D was a live IG by Dj Switch we all saw n watch it,some idiots are saying is a lie your generations will know no peace all those people that said is a lie, I remember I couldn't sleep for 3days crying asking God to come n save us in Nigeria, we will not forget #djswitch #EndSARS pic.twitter.com/Ea3twhfBux
— Nina💕 (@Nellye190) April 1, 2021
The souls of those Policemen whose flesh were shared like Bush meats in Ibadan will hunt Obianuju Catherine Ude AKA (DJ Switch) forever.
She will remain restless for the rest of her life, no amount of Prayer, Juju or any kind of magic can change that.
— Chigozirim Emeakayi 🇳🇬 (@GoziconC) April 1, 2021
Just to remind you all that DJ Switch's video wasn't the only video evidence of 20/10/20. Deny it all you can, slander her all you can.but no matter how you push back truth, it will resurface eventually. People making lite of this, may you suffer the same fate. #EndSARS pic.twitter.com/fjhUi0IWJE
— Obinnaya #sarsmustend (@Obi_vibes) April 1, 2021