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Nigeria's Oil Standoff Resolved; Hundreds Of Hostages To Be Released - 2003-05-02

Union leaders in Nigeria say they have reached a deal to free hundreds of oil workers held captive on rigs in the Gulf of Guinea for more than two weeks. Under the deal, the captives -- including Americans, Britons, and Nigerian employees -- are to be released today. The agreement came after Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo called a meeting of labor representatives and the American company that owns the rigs, Transocean. Transocean employees went strike beginning April 16th because they were angry over the firing of five Nigerian workers accused of theft and corruption. English to Africa reporter Gilbert Da Costa reports from Abuja, where the talks were held.