December 18, 1988 |
A Nigerian government tribunal has sentenced 11 officials to life imprisonment for calling a strike by workers at the national electricity utility that caused a four-day nationwide power outage. The tribunal sentenced the men Friday in the northern city of Kaduna after they were convicted of instigating the Oct. 5-8 blackout.
August 1, 1994 |
Nigerian Oil Drilling Activity Halted: Companies are pulling most staff from the country, which has been crippled by an oil workers' strike, an official in the industry said. The official with oil-field service giant Schlumberger Ltd. said from Lagos that the company decided Saturday to pull out all but a handful of personnel and evacuate expatriate families.
August 29, 1993 |
An estimated 4 million workers were ordered to go on strike Saturday in a bid to force out this West African nation's military-backed government. On Thursday, dictator Gen. Ibrahim Babangida resigned under pressure, but he left behind a government of civilian supporters who promised to hold new elections early next year. Many Nigerians want the interim government to install tycoon Moshood K. O.
April 30, 1988 |
Strikes over gasoline price hikes closed Lagos' international airport on Friday, grounding domestic and international flights and stranding thousands of travelers, Radio Nigeria reported. A modest price increase on April 10 for gasoline and other petroleum products sparked student riots and other protests leading to a wave of strikes in northern cities, which spread to the capital on Thursday.
July 31, 1994 |
The military government faced more pressure Saturday after the country's biggest labor federation called a general strike to back a pro-democracy campaign. Workers in the oil industry, Nigeria's economic lifeblood, launched the campaign four weeks ago with a crippling strike to demand the release of detained politician Moshood K. O. Abiola and a return to democratic rule.
August 2, 1994 |
Police battled rioters for several hours after thugs looted shops and chased officers with machetes Monday, the start of the fifth week of an oil strike aimed at toppling the military government. Police initially fled the rampage in Lagos' main business district but returned with tear gas to take on the rioters. There were no figures available on injuries or arrests. Oil workers went on strike July 4 to protest the jailing of Moshood K.O.