Industrial Court Strikes Out NANS’ Suit Against ASUU & Federal Government

The National Industrial Court (NIC) sitting in Abuja has struck out a suit the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) filed to compel the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the federal government of Nigeria to call off the ongoing strike action.

ASUU due to some nagging discrepancies between the body and the government had embarked on a strike action that has kept university students in federal government-owned higher institution across Nigeria at home for over seven months non-stop

Justice Polycarp Hamman terminated further proceedings in the matter, after it was withdrawn by factional president of NANS, Mr. Umar Lawal. Lawal had told the court that he filed the suit marked NICN/ABJ/273/2022, for himself and on behalf of NANS.

Aside from ASUU, which was cited as the 1st Respondent, the minister of education and the attorney general of the federation and were listed as 2nd and 3rd respondents, respectively. When the matter came up on Tuesday, Lawal, notified the court that he filed a motion for discontinuance.

He premised his decision to withdraw the suit on account of the challenge by the student body which contested his standing and denied that he is the President of NANS as he had deposed to.

Though the other two Respondents were not represented, however, counsel to ASUU, Mr. Marshal Abubakar, informed the court that he was not opposed to Lawal’s application to withdraw the suit. Consequently, Justice Hamman struck out the matter.

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