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Court orders ASUU to end strike, Union to appeal

The National Industrial Court in Abuja ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to call off strike.

In a ruling on the interlocutory injunction filed by the Federal government, Justice Polycarp Hamman restrained ASUU from continuing with the industrial action pending the determination of the suit.

Justice Hamman also ordered that the case file be returned to the President of the Industrial Court for reassignment to another judge.

The court order is coming few hours after the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, had threatened that no political campaign would hold until students of public universities return to the classrooms.

ASUU had been on strike since the February 14 as negotiations between it and the Federal Government continues to fail.

ASUU to appeal

ASUU will appeal the judgement according Dr Kasim Umar, the chairman of ASUU’s University of Abuja chapter.

Dr. Umar said the union’s national executive council will meet Wednesday to finalize the appeal process.

Pro Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Prof. Ahmed Modibbo Mohammed, advised the federal government to proceed with caution in dealing with the crisis.

A court order, according to Modibbo, cannot resolve the issues, while urging both the government and ASUU to engage in more dialogue to find a long-term solution to the strike.

Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu, Daniel Adejo editing by Julian Osamoto and Saadatu Albashir