Young activists have begun a series of protests against the withdrawal of gasoline subsidies announced by the Nigerian government on New Year's day. Activists marched to the Eagles Square to hold a demonstration but were turned by back by fierce-looking soldiers and police teams.

The action of the police did not stop the groups from staging symbolic actions around the Eagle Square.

There are reports of sporadic protests in other cities around Nigeria as activists vow to shut down Nigeria over the increase in prices of gasoline prices they said is bound to make life more unbearable for a country where most of citizens live on less than $3 a day.

The Nigeria government through PPPRA announced the increase of gasoline price from N65 ($0.400740) to N141( $0.869297) per liter. The final cost of a gallon of gasoline in Nigeria will now be $3.48, meaning that a gallon of gasoline in Nigeria is more expensive than in the US, where the average price of a gallon of gas is priced at $3.2.

Labour unionists and civil society activists have indicated there will be a major demonstration tomorrow, january 3rd 2012.

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