Industrial Court Stops NLC’s Strike

The Abuja Division of National Industrial Court, presided over by Honourable Justice Babatunde Adeniran Ademjumo,OFR, President of the Court, today’s morning granted an Interim Order of Injunction restraining the Defendants/Respondents, their agents, privies, employees, workmen, or servant from embarking on industrial action, demonstrating or engaging in any action may disrupt the economic activities of the country pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

It was learnt that a Factional NLC led by Joe Ajaero has also opted out from the planned strike.

The Court in a Suit marked NICN/ABJ/179/2016 between Federal Government of Nigeria and the Attorney-General of the Federation against the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and Trade Union Congress (T.U.C) ruled that the worker should not embarked on the planned strike.

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The Federal Government was represented by the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN; Chief O.O.Obono-Obla, Special Assistant to the President (Prosecution), office of the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Dayo Apata, Director, Civil Litigation, Federal Ministry of Justice.

The AGF submitted that if the reliefs sought in the motion paper is refused irreparable damage will be occasioned to the country national economy, security and corporate existence.

He further submitted that the Defendants having threatened to shut down the country have to be restrained otherwise there will be a breakdown of law and order.

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The Justice Adejumo in his ruling held that he has jurisdiction to hear the application and that having read through the affidavits in support of the application he is satisfied that a case of urgency has been established by the Federal Government of Nigeria to warrant the grant of an interim order of injunction.

Justice Adejumo further held that the threats of the Defendants as contained in the communique issued by the Defendants on the 29th May to shut down all banks; airports, seaports ,government offices, markets nationwide has proven that there is a res to be protected.

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Consequently, Justice Adejumo ordered that the NLC, TUC and other defendants in the suit should stay action on the proposed strike.

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