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Protest troops leave streets of main Nigeria city

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LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Witnesses and residents say troops have left Nigeria's commercial capital after they were deployed there to curb last week's protests over high gas prices.

Military checkpoints across Lagos disappeared Tuesday, just over a week after they first appeared.

Lagos state and federal authorities declined to comment on the withdrawal because of controversy over which authority ordered their deployment.

Soldiers appeared Jan. 16 to stop protests after nationwide strikes paralyzed oil-rich Nigeria.

Unions called off the strikes after President Goodluck Jonathan offered to partially restore a cherished fuel subsidy that had kept gas prices low.

The compromise meant the gas price increased from $1.70 per gallon (45 cents per liter) to $2.27 a gallon (60 cents a liter), instead of more than doubling.

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