10 Jan 2012

Fuel protests across Nigeria

10:13 am on 10 January 2012

Thousands of people have joined demonstrations in Nigeria against the rising price of fuel.

Two protesters were reported to have been killed and many injured in clashes with police in the northern city of Kano.

A demonstrator is reported to have been shot dead in Lagos, where about 10,000 people took part in a rally.

A general strike called over the price rises has halted public transport and closed shops, offices and schools.

Fuel and transport costs doubled after a government subsidy on fuel ended on 1 January, the BBC reports.

President Goodluck Jonathan has said the subsidy was economically unsustainable.

In the capital, Abuja, trade unions and civil society groups organised a march and protesters closed the airport.