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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Oil Workers Drafted

LAGOS () -- Nigeria's military government, pursuing an offensive to crush a six-week-old strike by oil unions, has called up retired oil workers and told strikers to get back to work by Monday, state radio said Friday.

The radio did not say what sanctions, if any, would be taken against workers who did not obey the order to return.

Military ruler General Sani Abacha earlier sacked leaders of the oil unions and the central labor federation and appointed administrators to run their affairs in order to put a stop to strikes called to demand the release and installation as Nigerian president of detained politician Moshood Abiola,

The sacked union leaders responded by saying they would press ahead with the strike.