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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Strikers Seek Release

LAGOS -- Nigerian commuters faced a second week of hardship Monday with a strike by blue collar oil workers demanding the release of detained politician Moshood Abiola showing no sign of easing.

Some oil industry sources forecast virtual paralysis from Tuesday when the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria is expected to throw its weight behind striking junior oil workers.

The strike will add to the problems of military ruler General Sani Abacha, who is also facing pressure from the central labor organization, the Nigeria Labour Congress, to free Abiola.

Abiola was last week charged with treason in the inland capital Abuja for proclaiming himself president.