DJ Switch leaves Nigeria, seeks Asylum in Canada
Reports have it that Nigeria entertainer Obianuju Catherine Known as DJ Switch one of the campaigners of EndSARS protest has left Nigeria as Canadian government grants her Asylum.
Who is DJ Switch?
Obianuju Catherine Udeh, professionally known as DJ Switch, is a Nigerian DJ, songwriter and musician who emerged as the winner of the first edition of The Glo X Factor in 2013 at the age of 29.
DJ Switch first earned attention when her group, Da Pulse, emerged as the winner of the 2009 edition of the reality music competition, Star Quest.
They further went on to release a hit song titled, So Tey and featured American rapper, Busta Rhymes in the remix. DJ Switch's career fully kicked off after she emerged the winner of the maiden and only edition of the Glo X-Factor in 2013.
DJ Switch was signed into a record deal with Sony Music as part of the prizes for the emergence, as Peter Okoye’s P-Classic Records have endorsed the winner of the Glo X factor.
On 20 October 2020, DJ switch live-streamed the aftermath of the Lekki Massacre. In the video, they attempted to remove a bullet from the leg of a man who was shot, tying a Nigerian flag around his leg.
DJ Switch seeks for Asylum in Canada
DJ Switch allowed the world to know what was happening in Nigeria during EndSARs protest as she went live on Instagram during Lekki shooting.
It was one of the bravest thing done by a Nigerian lady during the EndSARS protest. The bullets were flying all around, but DJ Switch never gave up as she wished the world to know the exact truth about Nigeria situations.
She has reportedly left Nigeria for Canada and has been given asylum in Canada as she testifies about the Lekki shooting.
Dj Switch reportedly left Nigeria for Canada and has been given asylum in Canada as she testifies about the Lekki shooting.
DJ Switch speaks about Lekki Shooting to International Human Right
DJ Switch while speaking with the Sub-committee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development of the Canadian parliament, confirmed that men of the Nigerian Military shot at unarmed protesters at the Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday, October 20th.
The Disc Jockey who claimed to be present at the scene of the gunfire incident gave a detailed account of the incident that led to the injury and death of many protesters at the toll plaza.
DJ Switch also stated that the soldiers opened fire on the protesters after creating a three-formation line.
Debunking claims by the Nigerian army authorities that soldiers shot blank bullets into the air, DJ Switch insisted that the military men shot at the protesters.
She told the Canadian parliament that she counted not less than seven persons shot, adding that one of the soldiers threatened to shoot her.
DJ Switch gives a vivid account of Lekki shooting to International Community
In her words:
"On October 20, 2020, we had spirited Nigerians there united with one goal against police brutality against bad governance.
What started 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 six other people and me and I remember saying to them that we have no leader. 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.
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".
According to her, she’s been in hiding following threats to her life by unknown people.
She further revealed that she initially thought it was an empty threat until she received a call that the military was trying to arrest her.
“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 to get out of Nigeria. I am still travelling, and I am not done with my trip."
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