Court strikes out NANS suit against ASUU, FG over seven months industrial action

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BY MAYOWA SAMUEL

Uba Group

The National Industrial Court, Abuja, has struck out a suit asking it to direct the Academic Staff Union of Universities to call off its seven-month old strike and resume their lecturing duties.

The suit was instituted by one Umar Lawal, who claimed to be the President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, on behalf of himself and the association.

In the suit, ASUU was cited as the 1st Respondent, while the Minister of Education and the Attorney-General of the Federation were listed as 2nd and 3rd Respondents, respectively.

Justice Polycarp Hamman, on Tuesday, however, struck out the suit after Lawal’s counsel, Debo Ikuesan, withdrew the suit.

Ikuesan withdrew the suit on the grounds that the students’ body was challenging Lawal’s position as president, denying that he is the leader of NANS as he had deposed to.

Although the other two respondents were not represented, Counsel for ASUU, Marshal Abubakar, told the court that he was not opposed to the application to withdraw the suit.

Justice Hamman consequently, struck out the matter.

NANS’ election recently saw two presidential candidates claiming victory.

While Lawal who is of the Department of Library and Information Science of the Bayero University, Kano, insisted that he won the election, the NANS Convention Planning Committee declared Usman Barambu as the President-elect of the association.