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Nigerian dead in oilfield shooting

A young Nigerian man was shot dead...

A young Nigerian man was shot dead when a gun fight erupted between a group of men who seized a truck belonging to the Shell oil company and police officers.

It is believed the dead man was a security guard working for Shell in the Yorla oil fields in Ogoniland.

The company was working in the area to seal off wells it was forced to abandon in 1993 after a violent campaign by the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People against oil exploitation in that part of Nigeria.