The National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) has granted an interim injunction, prohibiting members of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC), and their affiliates from commencing the scheduled strike on November 14.
This order was issued by the Court’s President, Justice Benedict Kanyip, on Friday, in response to an ex-parte application presented by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) on behalf of the Federal Government. The application was argued by Tijani Gazali (SAN), Acting Director (Civil Appeals), Federal Ministry of Justice.
Justice Kanyip specified that the injunction would remain in effect until the determination of a motion on notice for interlocutory injunctions, which was also filed by the AGF.
He cited the court’s authority under Sections 7(1) and 19(a) of the NICN Establishment Act to entertain such ex-parte applications and issue orders when a strike is threatened but not yet initiated, as is the case here.
It’s worth noting that the strike was planned by Organised Labour in response to the assault on NLC’s President, Joe Ajaero, in Imo State.