February 22, 2000 |
Rioting Muslim and Christian youths seized parts of the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna in clashes over a proposal to bring Islamic law to Kaduna state. More than 20 people were killed, witnesses said. The violence began when hundreds of Christian demonstrators marched through the streets chanting "No to Sharia! No to Sharia!"
February 29, 1992 |
Unpaid soldiers mutinied Friday and seized the state radio station and two civilian leaders. They freed the hostages after being promised back pay, but hours later took over the broadcast center again. No casualties were reported, though thousands of students marched into town to protest the revolt. Mutineers' demands have included the immediate return to the capital of Prime Minister Amadou Cheffou, who is away; dismissal of several army officers and release of another officer from prison.
July 7, 1993 |
At least 11 people were reported killed in Lagos as tens of thousands of people set fires and blocked roads to demand an end to military dictatorship. It was the first report of deaths since Lagos protesters began pressuring the government on Monday to recognize the annulled June 12 presidential election that was to end a decade of military rule. The reported winner, businessman Moshood K. O. Abiola, appealed to people to resist the dictatorship of Gen.
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.
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.
March 2, 2000 |
Amid reports of new clashes that left hundreds dead, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday decried the religious violence that has racked his country, mourning that Nigerians have lost their "sense of moral outrage." Police estimated that 200 to 400 people have died in three days of revenge attacks for clashes last week between Christians and Muslims in the northern city of Kaduna that killed more than 300.