One young man in Ilorin, Kwara State, was shot dead today by the police during a protest against the removal of oil subsidy, which has more than doubled petrol price in Nigeria. His body lies on the street near post office; he was identified as Muyideen Mustapha. Report says he was shot dead by police from the Area ‘A’ Division station near UBA.
The police have denied the killing; they said Mustapha was stabbed to death by other protesters.
During an earlier protest in Abuja, more than a dozen people were arrested by the police in the Federal Capital. Among them was a former member of the House of Representatives, Dino Melaye, who was arrested for organizing the first anti-fuel hike protest in the federal capital.
After his release today, Dino said he would continue to oppose the new policy, stating that there would be more rallies soon in the Federal Capital Territory. Dino said he was released after the Inspector General of Police made him speak with President Goodluck Jonathan.
In this video, policemen are beating one of the protesters in Lagos. He tried to hide under their truck.