Hunger strike organizer detained in Nigeria

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Posted: Nov 09, 2011 10:42 AM
Hunger strike organizer detained in Nigeria

Organizers say secret police in Nigeria have detained a man who is helping organize a planned hunger strike over the possible removal of fuel subsidies in Africa's most populous nation.

Activist Wale Salami says organizer Wale Ajani was invited in for questioning Wednesday by Nigeria's State Security Service. Salami says Ajani remains held without charges over the planned hunger strike.

Secret police spokeswoman Marilyn Ogar declined to comment Wednesday, saying she had no information about the detention.

The government submitted a three-year plan to lawmakers in October proposing to save $8 billion by phasing out fuel subsidies. Those subsidies keep gasoline prices low in the oil-rich nation _ one of the only benefits seen by residents of a nation that's a crucial supplier of crude oil to the U.S.