May 2, 1998 |
Nigerian police fired into a crowd of thousands Friday when a rally to demand Gen. Sani Abacha's ouster turned into a violent rampage. Witnesses said seven people were killed. Three bodies were lying in the streets of the southern city of Ibadan after the shooting, witnesses said. The shooting began after the crowd began setting cars, shops and houses ablaze.
August 14, 1993 |
Some cars and taxis returned to the streets of Lagos, but Nigeria's largest city stayed relatively quiet for the second day of a three-day nationwide strike protesting the military dictatorship's refusal to cede power. Supermarkets, banks and factories were shut, and most major bus and train terminals were empty. A few residents ventured to work after the government warned Thursday night that it would fire absent workers, but many returned home after signing in.
August 13, 1993 |
This loud, chaotic city of 6 million people was desolate and silent Thursday except for the whir of army helicopters and clomp of combat boots worn by edgy soldiers. Nearly everyone in Lagos appeared to heed a national strike to protest the nullification of an election that was to return Nigeria to civilian rule after a decade of military dictatorship. Nigeria's second-biggest city, Ibadan, 80 miles north of Lagos, was also at a virtual standstill, residents said.
November 9, 1988
Thousands of Nigerians, angry at the choice of a new sultan to lead the country's 50 million Muslims, rioted in a northwestern town, burning government offices and freeing 2,000 prisoners. State-run Radio Nigeria mentioned no casualties and did not estimate damage in three days of rioting and demonstrations in Sokoto, a predominantly Muslim town 465 miles north of the capital of Lagos.
April 30, 1988 |
Strikes over gasoline price hikes closed Lagos' international airport on Friday, grounding domestic and international flights and stranding thousands of travelers, Radio Nigeria reported. A modest price increase on April 10 for gasoline and other petroleum products sparked student riots and other protests leading to a wave of strikes in northern cities, which spread to the capital on Thursday.