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Nigeria strikes: Burning roadblocks erected

2012-01-10 11:25

Lagos - As Nigeria's nationwide strike starts its second day, angry youths have erected a burning roadblock outside luxury enclaves.

In Lagos, the country's commercial capital of 15 million people, youths set up a burning roadblock on Tuesday morning at a highway junction leading to Ikoyi Island, home to diplomats and many of the country's wealthy citizens.

Youths shouted: "They will kill us and we will kill them."

Police came to clear the road as the youths threw rocks.

The strike started on Monday by labour unions upset over high fuel prices in this oil-rich nation. Gas prices have risen from $1.70 per gallon (45c per litre) to at least $3.50 per gallon (94c per litre) since the subsidy on fuel ended on January 01 at the orders of President Goodluck Jonathan's administration.

Comments
  • Twain - 2012-01-10 11:30

    94c per liter? Well, i suppose if you're used to less than that then things might get complicated with your monthly budget, but damn. I'm paying over 10 bucks where I stay. Well, I'm off to put up a roadblock and set it on fire.

      Neil - 2012-01-10 11:37

      $0.94c , thats about R8 .

  • Deon - 2012-01-10 11:56

    Not a place to visit or go to church.

      Wisdom - 2012-01-10 12:00

      u have a very big problem, i dont know where u are come from

      Heiku - 2012-01-10 12:23

      Im from the congo and i wont visit nigeria. Too unstable and dangerous.

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