Justice Babatunde Adejumo of the National Industrial Court on Tuesday stopped the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress from embarking on their planned strike over the increase in fuel price by the federal Government.
He gave the restraining order after the Attorney General of the Federation, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, argued an ex parte application in which the prayer for the order was contained.
According to PUNCH, Adejumo ruled:
The defendants are hereby restrained from carrying out the threat contained in their communique issued on May 14th, 2016 pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed on May 16.
It is the order of this court that status quo be maintained as at May 17th. The order being an interim one will last for seven days, although it is subject to renewal.
It is the order of this court that none of the parties shall engage in any act, conduct, overtly, covertly on this matter pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
Adejumo, speaking on why he granted the order said:
I decided to take this case this morning because it is on an issue that will affect everybody. I don’t want people to be subjected to hardship. There will be scarcity of foods, people may die, students will engage in all sorts of activities. This is why I have to grant this order.