Popular female disc jockey, DJ Switch, who streamed the Lekki shooting on her Instagram Live while it was happening has recounted the horrors she faced when soldiers opened fire on the peaceful protesters at the Toll Gate on Tuesday.
In a video, which she posted on her Instagram account, the DJ claimed that both the Nigerian Army and Police were responsible for the shooting. She said they aimed and shot at the protesters while they held the Nigerian flag and sang the national anthem.
DJ Switch said, “Yes, there were soldiers there. Another thing people are not talking about is that the Police were also there. The SARS people we are talking about also came about 45 minutes after the soldiers left. We were tear-gassed; the tear gas felt like Cotonou pepper mixed with acid.
“We would run and come back and the only thing we fought with was our flags. We would sit on the floor; raise our hands up singing the national anthem. That was all we had. They put off the lights, even if there was no power supply on a good day, in that axis, there is always light at the Toll Gate. It was pitch-black.”
Amidst tears, the disc jockey recounted how a boy saved her life but was later shot in the process. “A boy jumped on me and kept shouting, ‘cover her, cover her.’ I did not even understand why he did that. They shot that boy while he was on my back,” she said.
In the video, she showed some of the bullets the protester picked up which she referred to as proof. She also showed a bullet that was removed from the lap of one of the victims.
She said, “While the soldiers were picking their shells, we were running around picking their shells too because we wanted proof.
“The military, they were there on Nigerian soil, killing Nigerian citizens. The police and SARS people came doing the same thing. Aiming and shooting; aiming, they were pointing the guns at us and shooting live bullets. Who takes live bullets to a protest? Who does that?”