AUTHORITIES in Nigeria are insisting that blank bullets were fired during last month’s #EndSARS protest at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos.
Nigeria’s Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed said on Thursday, that the Federal Government stands by the testimony of the Military boss concerning the incident.
Last weekend, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Taiwo of the Commander of 81 Military Intelligence Brigade, Victoria Island, Lagos, told a Judicial Panel of Inquiry instituted by the Lagos State Government that blank bullets were fired at the scene.
The minister, who described the event of October 20, 2020 as a “massacre without bodies”, argued that no body has been produced to show as evidence that people actually lost their lives as a result of shots fired by the army.
Instead, Mohammed blamed popular Disc Jockey, Obianuju Udeh, popularly known as DJ Switch, saying she “will be exposed.” He however, pointed out that the DJ was not declared wanted by government.
“One of the purveyors of fake news was one DJ Switch which real name is Obianuju Catherine Udeh, even though she claimed authentic evidence of mass killings. Surprisingly, instead of presenting whatever evidence she may have, she chose to escape from the country on the claim that her life was in danger. In danger for who?
“The military has come out to say we never sought after her and to the best of my 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, why is she not presenting such evidence to the panel? Since she was very desperate for asylum in any country, did she have to resort to blatant falsehood to tarnish the image of the country?
“In the fullness of time, this lady will be exposed for who she is, a fraud, a front for divisive and destructive forces.
“At this juncture, we want to appeal to countries that have made faulty judgements on the basis of fake news and disinformation emanating from #EndSARS crisis to endeavour to seek and find the truth.”