Wednesday, 4 January 2012
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Violent protests have broken out across Nigeria against the government's decision to end fuel subsidies, amid the ongoing state of emergency declared last week.
Protesters formed human barriers along motorways, hijacked buses and set up bonfires in Lagos, the country's commercial capital, as police set upon the demonstrators with tear gas and batons.
One of the country's main unions claimed police shot dead a protester, but police denied it, saying he was killed by a mob.
The end to the subsidy will mean a fuel price hike of more than double in a country where most people live on less than £2 per day.
Meanwhile, gunmen have attacked a police station in northern Nigeria's Jigawa state, killing a teenage girl and wounding an officer.
Burning tyres in Lagos
It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack, though Islamist group Boko Haram has been blamed for many similar incidents in northern Nigeria.
"The gunmen shot indiscriminately into the police station and engaged our men in a shootout, killing a teenage girl trying to flee and wounding a policeman," state police commissioner Hashimu Argungu said.
"They threw an explosive into the police station but it did not detonate, which saved the police station from being destroyed, although its walls were riddled with bullets from the attack."
President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in parts of four states hard hit by attacks blamed on Boko Haram on December 31.
In one of the most bloody attacks, a Christmas Day bombing at a church killed 30 people and left many more injured in the capital Abuja.
While he met with his cabinet as violence continued around the country, unions are also expected to meet to decide on a national day of industrial action.
Kayode Ogundamisi is a commentator on Nigerian and international affairs, he was involved in the Nigerian pro-democracy struggle, Ogundamisi survived a trumped-up charge of treasonable offence against the military government of General Babangida, he was detained in Jos prison in 1991 and released after intensive local and international campaigns against the government charging him and 12 other students before a military tribunal. Ogundamisi was a frontline member of the National Association of Nigerian Student and a former secretary general of the University of Jos Students Union in Nigeria and the O'dua People’s Congress.
Ogundamisi currently shuttles between his base in The United Kingdom and his Country of Birth Nigeria where he runs a programme on self-empowerment. He is the convener of the Liberty Forum UK and his involved in engaging local communities and community and social empowerment.
He graduated with a B.SC in Political Science from University of Jos. The Nigerian Institute of Journalism and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Ogun State University and Masters in International Relations from the London Metropolitan University. He is a volunteer campaigns fellow for the German human rights group IMRV Bremen.
Ogundamisi was appointed by the UK government as a board member of the United Kingdom Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) a position he held for 3 years. Ogundamisi is very active on the social media, with his commentary blog "The Canary" under the twitter handle @ogundamisi and he writes sporadic independent op-ed articles for major Nigerian media outlets.
Ogundamisi is the host of the diaspora community socio political programme “PolitricsWithKO” on Europe’s first ethnic oriented television Channel BEN-TV broadcasting on BSKYB 238 and Startime Africa/Freeview Channel 244.