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Protesters set vans ablaze, sought to set fire on CBN gov’s home

KANO (AFP) – Police and protesters clashed in Nigeria’s north Monday as thousands converged on a governor’s office during nationwide fuel price strikes, leaving 30 wounded, including 18 who were shot.

Protesters set two vans ablaze and also sought to set fire to the home of central bank governor Lamido Sanusi in Kano, but were stopped by police.

A union leader also said police shot dead a protester in the commercial capital Lagos as thousands of people demonstrated there.

Police fired tear gas and shot into the air as thousands of protesters converged on the governor’s office in the northern city of Kano as part of a national strike over fuel prices.

A huge crowd of protesters had gathered in Kano, the main city and clashes broke out with police who pushed them back as they tried to enter the governor’s office, an AFP correspondent reported.

Protesters set two vans ablaze and also sought to set fire to the home of central bank governor Lamido Sanusi in Kano, but were stopped by police.

“In total, we have 30 wounded, 18 of them with gunshot wounds,” said Red Cross official in Kano Musa Abdullahi, updating an earlier toll of 14 wounded, half of them shot.


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