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DJ Switch being used to tarnish Nigeria’s image: Lai Mohammed

The controversial information minister questioned the DJ’s motive in exposing Nigerian military’s deadly attacks on protesters.

• November 19, 2020
Lai and DJ Switch
A composite of Lai Mohammed and DJ Switch used to illustrate the story

The federal government has again attacked DJ Switch, calling her “a front for divisive and destructive forces’’ that will be exposed in the fullness of time.

Information minister Lai Mohammed, stated this in Abuja on Thursday while speaking on the roles the Nigerian disk jockey played on the alleged Lekki tollgate massacre of October 20.

The minister who was speaking via the state-owned media on the #EndSARS protest and its aftermath said DJ Switch was one of the purveyors of fake news and disinformation during and after the #EndSARS protest.

He said: “even when she claimed to have authentic evidence of mass killings, surprisingly, instead of presenting whatever evidence she may have to the judicial panel of inquiry into the protest, she chose to escape from the country 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?

“If she was so desperate for asylum in any country, does she have to resort to blatant falsehood to tarnish the image of the country just to achieve her aim’’?

The minister appealed 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 get the truth.

DJ Switch, who was among the #EndSARS protesters, streamed live the purported shooting at the Lekki tollgate plaza in Lagos.

It was reported that the Canadian authority granted asylum to the disk jockey after she alleged threats to her life for her action.

Arrowheads of the #EndSARS protest have been targeted by government and its proxies since the end of the demonstrations which culminated in wanton violence by thugs.

Peoples Gazette had earlier reported how interior ministry started compiling a no-fly list. Eromosele Adene, a campaigner was also abducted from his home and later arraigned many days after public outcry for his release. About 50 Nigerians have also been dragged before an Abuja court by a pro-government apologist for their involvement with the protest.

(NAN)

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