Abuja:  Riots erupted in various parts of Nigeria on Tuesday amid rising anger over a controversial decision of the government to hike fuel prices.

In Ilorin city in Kwara state, the protest entered its second day with hundreds of protesters, mainly youths rampaging against the withdrawal of the subsidy during which one person was allegedly stabbed to death following his refusal to join the anti-government agitation.

The protest became very violent at Post Office junction and the protesters were tear-gassed by armed security agents, a source said.
   
According to him, the demonstrators threw stones at the police in retaliation.
   
The ending of fuel subsidies by Africa's top oil producer on Sunday caused a litre of the product to cost USD 0.96 against a previous USD 0.4.
   
In Lagos, the Will, a web based newspaper reported that some officers of the Nigeria Police Force joined in the protest.
   
An eyewitness was quoted by the Will as saying he saw about 300 policemen marching in Oregun and heading towards Alausa, the seat of government in Lagos chanting anti-government slogans.
   
Elsewhere along Ikorodu road in Lagos, the police teargased protesters as some of them burnt tyres. They were forced to disperse by the police.
   
Demonstrators who gathered in Nigeria largest northern city of Kano to protest at a football pitch were also disbanded by armed policemen who arrested nine of their members.

Major trade union bodies in the country, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have signalled their intention to commence a mass action next week to force the government of President Goodluck Jonathan to reverse to decision to end subsidy.

Jonathan said his government spent more than USD 8 billion on the subsidies in one year alone as he warned that the country may get bankrupt if the subsidy continued.

He promised to use the amount saved from subsidy removal to improve infrastructure. However, critics fear corrupt elements in government may embezzle the money.

Citizens see the fuel subsidy as a key benefit in the major oil producing African country.

Nigeria is Africa’s top oil producer with an average production of 2.4 million barrels per day.

Over 70 percent of refined products are imported due to lack of refineries but major marketers boast they would build refineries after deregulation.

(Agencies)