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#EndSARS Protester DJ Switch Speaks from Canada, Says Military Had ‘Orders from Above’

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Strong indications emerged on Monday that Canada may have granted asylum to DJ Switch, the #EndSARS protester who streamed live the shooting of protesters by the army at Lekki Toll gate in Lagos State on October 20, 2020.

DJ Switch sought asylum following what she said were “several attempts” on her life.

The entertainer revealed that soldiers shot at peaceful #ENDSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos, and stated that they were sent to the protest ground on “orders from above”.

DJ Switch revealed this while speaking with the Sub-committee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development of the Canadian parliament.

Switch recounted the incident that – according to Amnesty International – led to the death of about a dozen protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate.

She noted that the military opened fire on the protesters after creating a three-formation line, debunking claims by the Nigerian Army that soldiers fired blank bullets into the air.

According to reports, she told the Canadian parliament that she counted no less than seven persons shot, adding that one of the soldiers threatened to shoot her.

In her submission, she added that the first gunshot was heard from behind, adding that it was chaotic as people were running in different directions so as not to be hit by a bullet until it was announced that protesters should 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.

“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,” she said.

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