Nigeria police fire tear gas at protesters

Police have fired tear gas at demonstrators protesting Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari.
Police have fired tear gas at demonstrators protesting Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari.

Police have fired tear gas and detained several demonstrators in the Nigerian cities of Lagos and Abuja during protests over the worsening security situation in Africa's most populous country, Reuters witnesses said.

Anger over mass kidnappings-for-ransom, a decade-long Islamist insurgency and a crackdown on protesters in Lagos last October have put the country on edge and led to demands for the government to do more to tackle insecurity.

There was a heavy police presence in the country's two major cities on Saturday as several hundred protesters gathered on Democracy Day, which celebrates Nigeria's move to civilian rule more than 20 years ago.

Reuters witnesses saw police firing guns into the air and tear gas into the crowds to disperse demonstrators who held placards and chanted "Buhari must go", a reference to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Police did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Australian Associated Press