ASUU: Court hears union’s appeal today

The Court of Appeal in Abuja will today hear the appeal of the Academic Staff Union of Universities against the ruling by the National Industrial Court.

This is as negotiations and talks have continued between the House of Representatives led by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, and the union.

A source familiar with the matter made this known in a chat with our correspondent on Sunday.

“The court will hear the appeal on Tuesday,” the source said in a text message sent to our correspondent.

We could not immediately get a response to inquiries sent to the counsel for ASUU, Femi Falana, as he had yet to reply to texts sent to his telephone line.

ASUU had on September 23, 2022, filed 14 grounds for appeal against the ruling of Justice Hamman Polycarp of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, which ordered that the striking lecturers go back to work pending the determination of a suit the Federal Government filed to query the legality of their strike.

In the appeal, ASUU maintained that Justice Polycarp “erred in law and occasioned a miscarriage of justice when he decided to hear and determine the respondents’ motion for an interlocutory injunction when he knew or ought to have known that the substantive suit was not initiated by due process of law.”

ASUU further told the appellate court that it showed “uncontroverted and irrefutable evidence” that the Federal Government waited for about seven months before approaching the NIC for the order of interlocutory injunction.”



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