The government of Canada has made clarifications about the country’s refugee and general immigration process following speculations that DJ Switch has been granted asylum in Canada.
There were widespread reports on social media that Nigerian musical artist and disc jockey DJ Switch whose real name is Obianuju Catherine Udeh has been granted asylum in Canada after alleged threats to her life for her involvement in the #EndSARS protests.
DJ Switch had gone live on Instagram during the Lekki Tollgate shooting of October 20 when soldiers opened fire on unarmed #EndSARS protesters. A good part of that night’s event was captured on DJ Switch’s Instagram live session which was watched by hundreds of thousands of Nigerians.
There were reports that Canada has granted DJ Switch asylum over alleged threats to her life for her involvement in the #EndSARS protests.
The Office of the High Commission of Canada to Nigeria in a statement released on Wednesday, November 11, stated that it does not accept refugee applications directly from people and no one could guarantee approval of immigration applications except Canadian immigration officers.
The statement added that the Canadian government works with the United Nations Refugee Agency, other designated referral organizations and private sponsors to identify individuals in need of resettlement, and who are outside their home country.