Anti-fuel subsidy removal protest yesterday turned violent in Benin, the Edo State capital, when hoodlums started looting shops and attacking individuals, who were going about their businesses.
The hoodlums took advantage of the closed shops to loot property worth millions of naira.
Places affected included the bureau de change on Sakponba Road, Lagos Street and New Benin.
The hoodlums broke safes and stole foreign currencies, motor-cycles, gold and anything they could lay their hands on.
At Lagos Street, they set fire to a generator set which almost burnt a mosque.
Anti-riot policemen fired tear gas and shot into the air but the hoodlums responded by stoning them.
Several persons were, however, arrested.
The activities of the hoodlums made the protest to end abruptly at about 11am.
Brigade Commander of 4 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Brig-Gen Abel Umahi appealed to the hoodlums to stop the harassment and face the issue of fuel subsidy.
Brig-Gen Umahi warned the hoodlums not to allow the country descend into anarchy.