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11 Sentenced to Life for Electricity Strike

Associated Press

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. The men are top officials of the staff association that represents the utility’s senior officials, who struck to demand a review of their salaries and benefits as part of a plan to run the authority on a commercial basis.

Authorities say the blackout caused untold hardships and many deaths in public hospitals.


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