Nigerian artiste, DJ Switch has narrated her ordeal at the peaceful #EndSars protest at Lekki tollgate, where soldiers opened gunfire at protesters on Tuesday, October 20.
AllNews earlier reported that the protesters at the Lekki tollgate came under heavy gunfire, shortly after the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu announced a 24-hour curfew, due to perceived violence.
Reports say some died, many were injured as others fled for their lives upon the gunfire, after soldiers arrived at the protest ground around 6:30 pm on Tuesday, October 20.
Narrating her experience, DJ Switch, who was present at the protest ground, said that 7 people had died before her phone went off and after that, the death toll had reached 15, and many were hit by bullets.
She also said that operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) were present at the Lekki tollgate.
According to the artiste who live-streamed the protest and shooting, the soldiers threw some bodies in their vans and took them away.
“Something I think about in hindsights that I wished we hadn’t done was that we carried dead bodies and dropped them at the feet of the soldiers, when I asked their wing commander why they are killing us.
“I wished we didn’t do that because they ended up throwing the bodies into their vans,” she said in a video she posted on social media.
‘‘Yes there were soldiers but the other part that people are not talking about is that SARS, the police also came some 40, 45 minutes after the soldiers left. We were teargassed, it’s like Cotonou pepper mixed with acid. People were running,we would run, we would come back.
"The only thing we fought with was our flags. We sat on the floor waving our flags and singing the national anthem that was all we had. They turned off the street lights even if there is no power on a good day on that axis, there is always light on a good day, there was no light, the street lights were off, it was pitch black.
"A boy jumped on me and was shouting ‘‘cover her,cover her I didn’t even understand why he did that. They shot that boy on my back. I fell and while the soldiers were running around and trying to pick their shells, the soilers were also picking their shells, these are some of the shells we picked.
"The military were there on Nigerian soil, killing Nigerian citizens, the SARS came aiming and shooting live bullets at us. Who takes live bullets to a protest? The leaders I urge to not insult the intelligence of Nigerians and their families.
"Something I think about in hindsights that I wished we hadn’t done was that we carried dead bodies and dropped them at the feet of the soldiers, when I asked their wing commander why they are killing us. I wished we didn’t do that because they ended up throwing the bodies into their vans.
"Please I never said 78 died, when i was doing the live seven had died, after my phone died, we had 15, I don’t know if they were more than that but we had a lot of people with stray bullet wounds. I condemn the burning of buses,I’m definitely going to come back and be on the streets protesting peacefully. We must continue. If we stop, I fear it must be 60 years before we can. We need accountability that is at the heart of this matter. We must speak, do not give up."
Meanwhile, the army denied their presence at the venue and Sanwo-Olu only claimed that two died.