5 January 2012

Nigeria: Fuel Subsidy - Police Disperse Occupy Kano Protesters

Photo: John Abayomi/Vanguard
United in protest.

Kano — Nigerian Police in concert with members of a vigilante group last night applied maximum force to disperse thousands of protesters occupying Kano city centre.

The incident occurred around 1.30am Thursday morning, as substantial part of the multitude were asleep at the centre after a covenant was signed between the Muslims and their Christian brothers on right to worship.

Eyewitnesses told Vanguard that the police fired several cannisters of teargas at the sleeping crowd before unleashing violence on the protesters.

The account had it that in the ensuing confusion, no fewer than 42 protesters sustained various degree of injury, while six were arrested and subsequently released on intervention by leaders of the protesters.

Vanguard learnt that the Coaster bus belonging to the BUK Students Union Government was vandalized in the unprovoked attack, while hundreds of motorcyles belonging to the tenants of the square was seized by the police.

The action of the police has already triggered tension in the city of over 9 million people as uneasy calm pervade the entire city.

Unconfirmed reports say that the police has promised to compensate the Students Union Government over their loss but effort to confirm this from leader of the Group, Comrade Muhammad Hamisu failed as he could not be reached on his cell phone.

On his part, the Police Public Relation officer in Kano, ASP Magaji Musa Majia failed to pick up his calls and as well respond to SMS.

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