– As DJ Switch confirmed they counted 15 dead bodies
A medical practitioner at Doren hospital in Lekki, has narrated how many victims were rushed to the hospital and how many died on spot at the Lekki tollgate shootings on Tuesday.
He explained that over 20 patients were brought in. Some got sutured and chose to leave immediately. Those placed on admission were 17 in number, he stated.
Noting that one died instantly as he had been shot straight in the heart by one of the soldiers.
He said, they now need an ambulance to transport two patients to a different hospital where there is a vascular surgeon available.
One of the patients needing transfer was shot in the lung. The other was shot in the leg and the blood vessel was affected.
The doctor said the two patients need to be transferred because “they’ve passed our capacity to care for them.”
He added that the one who was shot in the lung needs to have his chest opened.
He further stated that another victim is currently in the theatre, undergoing surgery.
A number of other hospitals around the Lekki area also admitted victims of the tollgate shootings. At the moment, the total number of those killed and those injured are not known.
Also, Nigerian DJ, DJ Switch who played a role in saving the lives of many who were present at the Lekki tollgate when security agents opened fire on End SARS protesters on Tuesday October 20, has finally come out to share her experience.
In a video she posted on her Instagram page, DJ Switch asked the authorities not to insult the intelligence of Nigerians when giving their own account of what happened on that day.
According to her, the military aimed at ENDSARS protesters as they fired gunshots.
She also said that SARS officers came in after the military had left and also attacked them.
According to Switch she and others present counted over 15 bodies.
“People were falling left and right. Yes there were soldiers there. Another part that people are not talking about is that the police also came. The SARS people we are talking about, they also came, some maybe 40-45 minutes after the soldiers left.
“We were teargassed. The teargas was like Cotonou pepper mixed with acid. We were running. We would run and we would come back and the only thing we fought with was our flags. We would sit on the floor and we would raise or hands up, raising our flags and singing the national anthem. That was all we had.
“They put off the lights. Even if there was no power in that axis, there was always light at the tollgate. There was no lights. The street lights were off. It was pitch black, ”she said
Speaking further, she said ”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 picking their shells, we were running around and picking their shells too because we wanted proof.”
She showed photos of bullet shells picked from the ground. She showed the one that was fired close to her ears and the one that was removed from someone’s lap.
“The military, they were there on Nigerian soil, killing Nigerian citizens. The police and their SARS-like people came doing the same thing, aiming and shooting. They were pointing the gun at us and shooting live bullets. Who takes live bullets to a protest?
“To our leaders, I urge you to please not insult the intelligence of Nigerians and the families.”
DJ Switch expressed regrets that she and others allowed the military to take the bodies of the deceased persons.
”Something I think of in hindsight I wish we hadn’t done it but we carried dead bodies and dropped at the feet of the soldiers so that they could see what they did to us. When I asked their unit commander why are you killing us? I wish we didn’t do that because they ended up throwing the bodies in their van. This was up until the next morning.” she said
She dissociated herself from the social media accounts claiming she said 78 persons died. She said she and others counted 15 dead bodies.
”People did die. It wasn’t photoshopped. I must be a tech genius to photoshop a livefeed.” she said.
She dismissed reports that her cousin died in the incident.Thanking everyone for their prayers and support, DJ Switch said ”We must continue to move. We must continue. If we stop I fear it will probably be the next 60 years before we talk about this again. We must continue peacefully. I condemn any sort of violence. I condemn the burning of buses and peoples livelihood. ”