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Nigerian government through the Minister of Information and Culture has said the real intention of Obianuju Catherine Udeh, popularly known as DJ Switch in her footage on the Lekki toll gate shooting was to tarnish the image of the country. The government further demanded to know the alleged sponsors of the popular DJ.
DJ Switch who had live-streamed the shooting at #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll gate in October on Instagram have received a lot of condemnation from the government. The Defence Headquarters labelled videos of Massacre posted on social media as ‘photo-shopped.’
But DJ Switch’s live session amongst other recordings of that moment showed that there were shootings at Lekki. This was corroborated by CNN in its recent investigation on the #EndSARS protest.
But Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture on Thursday, during a press conference described DJ Switch as ‘a fraud whose intention is to tarnish the image of Nigeria with false news.’
The minister warned that in the fullness of time, ‘Dj Switch will be exposed for what she is, a fraud and a front for divisive and destructive forces.’
The Minister said: ‘Still on the alleged Lekki Toll Gate massacre, one of the purveyors of fake news and disinformation during the #EndSARS crisis was DJ Switch, real name Obianuju Catherine Udeh, even though she claimed to have authentic evidence of mass killings.’
‘Surprisingly, instead of presenting whatever evidence DJ Switch may have to the Judicial Panel, she chose to escape from Nigeria under the pretext that her life was in danger. I ask: in danger from whom?’
‘The military has come out to say they never sought after her. To the best of our knowledge, the police never declared her wanted. Her conduct thus becomes suspect. Who is she fronting for? What is her real motive? Who are her sponsors? If she has any evidence of killings, why is she not presenting it to the Panel?’
The minister went further to urge countries not to make hasty judgment on the basis of recordings from fake news purveyors on the #EndSARS protest. Saying: ‘At this juncture, we want to appeal to countries that have made hasty judgments on the basis of fake news and disinformation emanating from the #EndSARS crisis to endeavour to seek and find the truth.’
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK