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Court stops nationwide strike

THE National Industrial Court in Abuja on Thursday barred the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) from embarking on any strike from Monday.

Justice Ibrahim Galadima also granted an order of interim injunction restraining the unions, their officers, affiliates, privies from disrupting, restraining, picketing, or preventing the workers or its affiliates or ordinary Nigerians from accessing their offices to carry out their legitimate duties on September 28 or any other date.

Justice Galadima made the order sequel to an ex-parte application filed by the Incorporated Trustees of Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association through their counsel, Sunusi Musa.

The court also granted an order compelling the Inspector-General of Police and the Director-General, Department of State Services (DSS) to provide protection for workers engaged in their legitimate duties from any form of harassment, intimidation, and bullying by the officers, agents, or privies of the unions pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.

Justice Galadima added that the interim injunction shall have a 17-day life span until October12 when the pending motion on notice shall be heard and determined.

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