January 9th, 2012
09:53 AM ET

Nigerians protest end of fuel subsidy

Police and protesters clashed across Nigeria on Monday amid a nationwide strike and widespread protests over a government decision that more than doubled fuel prices in the largely impoverished country.

Among other incidents, police reportedly fired on protesters in the northern Nigerian state of Kano, injuring at least 13 people, according to a physician who was among the protesters.

Demonstrators were gathered listening to speeches when police "suddenly came and some were shooting and some were throwing tear gas," Shehi Ali, vice chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association, told CNN.

Kano Police Commissioner Ibrahim Idris denied that officers fired on protesters. He said that officers were forced to use tear gas on a "miscreants and drug addicts" who had tried to storm the governor's residence.

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  1. Tabitha

    Ok ty banasy, wasnt upset about it.

    January 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Tabitha

    Ok, Chao! Time to go to work, but ill check back later to see if anyone has a solution!

    January 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Jazzy

    Sorry Tabitha, it got real stressful at work here. ttl

    January 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Abraham

    Subsidy or no subsidy we will survival

    January 9, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. leeintulsa

    Isn't it always the drug addicts and miscreants that storm the governor's residence? Always one, isn't there?

    January 9, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. fernace

    Hohum, another day on planet earth! The world is run by Crooks & Big Oil! That "miscreants & drug addicts" quip by the Police Commisioner sounds an awful lot like what people say about the Occupiers! People are fed up everywhere, of being at the mercy of dishonest governmental officials! More power to Nigerians who are protesting the unfairness of their government!!

    January 9, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. chrissy

    @ fernace, AMEN! Hello and hello to leeintulsa! :)

    January 9, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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