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Oil Workers Freed in Nigerian Dispute

Striking oil workers in Nigeria have started to release the first batch of nearly 300 staff being held on several offshore oil rigs, as a drawn-out labour dispute appears to be drawing to a close. Helicopters returning the first of the workers who had been trapped on four rigs have arrived in Port Harcourt. One British engineer, Paul Baker, expressed relief as he disembarked from the helicopter along with several Nigerian colleagues. “There were no physical assaults, but there was psychological torture,” he said. Ninety-seven foreign workers, including 20 Americans and 30 Britons, along with 170 Nigerian workers have been trapped on the platforms since 19 April, caught up in a row over better working conditions and the dismissal of several workers. Full Story

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