Monday, June 7, 2010

Motorcycle Mayhem

Dr. Chris asks for our prayers for the latest violent episode in Jos.

Nigeria: Motorcyclists and police clash, killing 6
6/7/2010, 2:55 p.m. EDT
The Associated Press

(AP) — JOS, Nigeria - Witnesses say motorcycle taxi drivers angry about a ban on their business in a city plagued by religious violence clashed with police, leaving at least six people dead.

Police had begun arresting motorcyclists in the central Nigeria city of Jos on Monday over the ban, which witnesses say sparked the violence. Police used tear gas and shot at the motorcyclists to disperse them.

Witnesses say two of the dead were police officers, though a spokesman declined to immediately confirm the deaths.

Taxi men had filed a lawsuit to oppose the ban.

The ban by the Christian majority government comes after a period of religious violence in the region and the deaths of more than 500 people since the beginning of the year. Most of the drivers are Muslim.

I took this photo in February 2008 of some random motorbike (okada) drivers who asked for me to snap their photo.

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