The front stories of major Nigerian newspapers for Tuesday, October 27, focus on the reactions to the violence that has occurred across cities in Nigeria.
The military high command has said soldiers will be deployed in cities to stop the looting of properties by miscreants across the country following the fallout of the EndSARS protests.
The Nation newspaper reported that the army made the disclosure on Monday, October 26, after the chief of army staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai held a meeting with army commanders.
According to a briefing by Colonel Sagir Musa, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, Buratai alleged that some unscrupulous people who had hijacked the peaceful EndSARS protest were trying to destabilise Nigeria.
The army chief said the conduct of the unscrupulous elements led to widespread violence and acts of wanton destruction in many parts of the country.
However, some prominent people and groups in the country faulted the army’s claim that the protest was a plot by subversive elements to destabilise the country.
According to The Sun newspaper, among those who differed with the Nigerian army’s claim include the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, and a former governor of Anambra state, Chukwuemeka Ezeife.
They insisted that the protest is a spontaneous outburst from youths who were dissatisfied with the state of affairs.
In another report, The Punch stated that Buratai played down the threats by some rights activists, who threatened to drag him and other officers to the International Criminal Court (ICC) over the reported shooting at the Lekki toll gate.
The army chief was reported to have told his army commanders not to be afraid of the ICC while performing their duties.
Meanwhile, the British high commission in Nigeria has reacted to the violence recorded in some parts of Nigeria.
The Tribune newspaper reported that the commission on Monday, October 26, asked the federal government to investigate all incidents associated with the disturbances.
It said it was concerned with the spate of looting of COVID-19 palliatives, and the destruction of properties across the country.
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