June 9 (Reuters)
Six people have died in clashes between security forces and motorcycle-taxi drivers in the central Nigerian city of Jos where hundreds were killed in religious violence this year, witnesses said on Wednesday.The latest violence first erupted on Monday when a military taskforce tried to enforce a ban on taxis bikes and then flared on Wednesday as hundreds of riders made bonfires in the streets of Jos, capital of Plateau state, residents said.
The Plateau state government imposed the ban in April, but the police who only attempted to enforce it this week, met with stiff resistance from the riders, most of them jobless youths. A number of states in Africa's most populous country have either outrightly banned or restricted taxis bikes, accusing the drivers of aiding crime in the cities where many see them as a cheaper way to get around congested and chaotic streets.
Thursday, 10 June 2010
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