A May 1994 demonstration in Lagos including treatment by the police [NGA33075.E]

A 5 May 1994 Associated Press (AP) report states that a convoy of about 100 oil tankers drivers were heading "to the office of the military governor to protest the alleged seizure of two tankers by soldiers."

Two tanker truck drivers reportedly collided and one of the tankers burst into fire. Eight protesters reportedly died and six others were hospitalised in the incident.

No reports or additional information on the demonstration and the treatment of demonstrators by the police could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please see below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Associated Press (AP). 5 May 1994. "Protesting Tanker Drivers Die in Crash, Fire." (NEXIS)

Additional Sources Consulted

Africa Research Bulletin: Political, Social and Cultural Series [Oxford]. May 1994. Vol. 31. Nos. 5-6.

Africa Confidential [London]. May 1994. Vol. 35. Nos. 9-10.

Amnesty International. 1994. Amnesty International Report 1994. New York: Amnesty International USA.

_____. 11 November 1994. Nigeria: Military Government Clampdown on Opposition. (AI Index: AFR/44/13/94). London: Amnesty International .

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 1994.1995. United States Department of State. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office.

Documentation, Information and Research Branch (DIRB), Immigration and Refugee Board, Ottawa. April 1993. June 1992. Nigeria: Chronology of Events January 1992-February 1995.

Keesing's Record of World Events [Cambridge]. Vol. 41. Nos. 5-6.

West Africa [London]. May 1994. Nos. 3996-4000.

Electronic sources: IRB Databases: REFWORLD, WNC, Internet site: http://www.google.com