What is behind Nigeria fuel protests?

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Nigeria's government removed fuel subsidy on New Year's day ending

Thousands of Nigerians have taken to the streets in protest over fuel subsidy removal

Price of fuel more than doubles amid anger from Nigerians

CNN  — 

Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer, ended oil subsidies on New Year’s Day that had kept gasoline prices artificially low.

The cost of a liter of gasoline shot up from 65 naira (40 cents) to at least 141 naira (86 cents) virtually overnight.

Furious Nigerians have since taken to the streets, staging ‘Occupy Nigeria’ protests and mass demonstrations across the country.

Police have responded forcefully with many arrests. At least one person has died amid the unrest: 23-year-old student Muyideen Mustafa was allegedly hit by a police bullet in Ilorin, Kwara State, on January 03.