Newspaper review for Friday, November 20: 100 killed, 269 assets burnt in #EndSARS violence, says FG

Newspaper review for Friday, November 20: 100 killed, 269 assets burnt in #EndSARS violence, says FG

The front pages of major Nigerian print newspapers published on Friday, November 20, focus on key issues bothering the country such as the #EndSARS protest and its aftermath and widespread security challenges.

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Nigerian Tribune on its front page captured the reaction of the Nigerian government to CNN's report on the alleged shooting of the #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday, October 20.

CNN in its report stated that the soldiers who were deployed to Lekki Toll Gate indeed shot at protesters, killing some of them.

However, Nigeria's information minister, Lai Mohammed, said the news media goofed, adding that it only relied on "unverified and possibly doctored videos, as well as information sourced from questionable sources, to reach its conclusion."

Nigerian Tribune: Newspaper review for Friday, November 20

The front page of Nigerian Tribune published on Friday, November 20. Photo credit: @nigeriantribune
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The Nation's front page also focused on the #EndSARS protest as the Nigerian government released the casualty figure in the violence that trailed the nationwide demonstration.

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According to the report, 100 people were killed during the violence while 269 assets were burnt.

Six soldiers, 37 policemen were among those who lost their lives in the violence, according to the minister of information.

The Nation: Newspaper review for Friday, November 20

The front page of The Nation published on Friday, November 20. Photo credit: @TheNationNews
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The Punch newspaper focused on the kidnapping of six senior police officers in Katsina state and the reactions to the incident by the political stakeholders, particularly the two major political parties.

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), reacting to the kidnapping, accused President Muhammadu Buhari of abandoning his official duties for personal political adventure.

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) also hit back at the PDP, claiming the party is the least qualified to speak on insecurity in Nigeria.

The Punch: Newspaper review for Friday, November 20

The front page of The Punch published on Friday, November 20. Photo credit: @MobilePunch
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Away from the #EndSARS protest and insecurity, The Guardian focused on Nigeria's economy, reporting that the country loses N2 trillion every year to foreign shipping lines.

The newspaper reports that indigenous shipping firms are suffering a huge loss to their foreign counterparts.

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According to the report, the foreign shipping lines have an edge over the indigenous ones as a result of a policy known as Free-On-Board (FOB) arrangement.

The Guardian: Newspaper review for Friday, November 20

The front page of The Guardian published on Friday, November 20. Photo credit: @GuardianNigeria
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