The front stories of major Nigerian newspapers for Monday, October 26, focus on the violence orchestrated by hoodlums who hijacked the EndSARS protests throughout Nigeria, especially in Lagos state.
According to The Nigerian Tribune, Southwest governors on Sunday, October 25, paid solidarity and condolence visit to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos after miscreants attacked and vandalised state properties, including police stations and media houses.
The governors, during their visit, noted that the invasion by the hoodlums was the handy work of enemies of the geopolitical zone aimed at weakening its economy and thereby bring it to nothing eventually.
The governors from Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo and even the minister of works and housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, were at the scene of the Lekki shooting to assess the extent of damage done at the toll gate.
For Punch, the front page is a report that security agents are now on the lookout for hoodlums who looted both public and private properties across Nigeria during the EndSARS protest that went violent.
According to the newspaper, so far the police have arrested not less than 483 suspects in Lagos, Plateau and Anambra, among others.
The media also reported that during his recent broadcast, President Muhammadu Buhari admitted that at least 69 persons have died in the protest.
The Guardian reports that the initially peaceful EndSARS protests by Nigerian youths who were kicking against maltreatment by police operatives turned violent and bloody when miscreants infiltrated the rallies and perpetrated deadly attacks.
The attacks by the thugs, the newspaper claimed, went ahead for days in many states of the country, leading to massive loss of lives and mindless destruction of properties.
Moreover, the media outfit noted that in some parts of the country, looting of properties is still ongoing.
The Sun reports that the military has embarked on a mission to track and nab criminals who were involved in the looting of public and private assets in some states.
So far, the armed forces have succeeded in arresting at least 123 suspects with exhibits of their crimes.
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