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Nigerian soldiers block roads in Lagos

By on July 4, 2014

Nigerian soldiers blocked roads, fired shots into the air and burned several buses in Lagos on Friday after a soldier was killed in a bus accident, an episode residents said recalled the country’s former military dictatorship.

Nigeria has been a democracy since shortly after the death of military ruler Sani Abacha 1998, but rights groups say abuses and indiscipline by its troops remain a problem, especially in the remote northeast, where an Islamist insurgency threatens stability across Africa’s largest economy and top oil producer.

The soldiers were reacting to the killing of one of their number who was hit by a bus while riding a motorcycle. Nigerian bus drivers have a reputation for reckless driving, although it was not clear whose fault the accident was.

The defence spokesman did not immediately comment on the soldiers’ behaviour.

Local TV stations broadcast pictures of the buses up in flames. Twitter buzzed with comments from Lagos residents comparing it to the days of military dictatorship in the 1970s and 80s.

“They were armed to the teeth, we are all afraid, everybody was afraid of stray bullets because the soldiers were shooting sporadically (in the air) to scare away people,” Bunmi Ajayi, a publisher of children books, said.

Another witness said soldiers were preventing buses from passing through and confiscating and destroying people’s smartphones to prevent witnesses filming them.

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