Abuja: Nigeria was hit by riots for a second
day today as a general strike against lifting of fuel subsidy
led to violent clashes between police and protesters, and saw
a mob attacking mosque, killing seven persons.
In the southern city of Benin, rioting youth tried to set
a mosque and a Quranic school ablaze in retaliation to the
killing of southern Christians in the north even as they
killed five people.
Red Cross spokesman, Nwakpa O Nwakpa, said the youth also
injured more than six others.
An Islamic fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram, has killed
score of Christians in the north in recent times and has also
given a three-day ultimatum for them to vacate the region.
The Red Cross spokesman said the youth took advantage of
the protests to target mosques in retaliatory attacks.
Along a road linking the largest southern town of Ibadan
and the commercial capital of Lagos, two persons were killed
by security personnel who came to disperse a protest.
Sources told PTI that there was a face-off between the
security personnel and some of the protesters during which
live ammunitions were fired at them by the police.
Sporadic shooting continued in the area and the protesters
scampered for safety.
An eyewitness said one of the dead, identified as Kaola, a
diesel seller at Kara, Ibafo was shot in the chest.
In another southern city of Osogbo, one person, identified
as Raheem Mojeed was killed during the protest.
The dead man was a member of one of the civil society
groups that was spearheading the anti-fuel subsidy removal
protest in the state, PTI learnt.
The victim died after he allegedly received matchete cuts
inflicted on him by a civilian said to be a thug of the ruling
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the party of the country`s
President Goodluck Jonathan.
The state commissioner of police, Solomon Olusegun
confirmed the incident, saying the suspects had been arrested.
Flights could not take off at the airports throughout the
country as aviation workers joined the strikes and roads were
abandoned by motorists leaving commuters stranded.
Offices and shops remained closed in towns across the
country in response to the call by the Nigerian Labour
Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to all
workers to join the demonstrations or remain at home.
On Monday, two people were shot dead by the police in
Nigeria`s commercial capital of Lagos while two others were
killed by the force in northern city of Kano during a protest
against oil subsidy removed by Jonathan.