Strike: AGF asks NLC, TUC to respect court order

The Attorney General for the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, has warned the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress, stating that there is a subsisting court order preventing the unions and their affiliates from embarking on the strike.

The minister urged the NLC and TUC to respect the court order and adhere to the principle of the rule of law, adding that there was no need to resort to self-help.

This was contained in a statement issued by Kamarudeen Ogundele, the Special Assistant Communication and Publicity to the AGF and Minister of Justice.

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According to the Minister, any action taken contrary to the order will be tantamount to contempt of court.

He further urged the workers to report for duties and not to entertain any fear as their safety is guaranteed and will be protected within the ambit of law.

The statement read: “We wish to remind the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress that there is a subsisting court order stopping the unions and their affiliates from embarking on the strike.

“The interim order was granted on November 10 by the President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Justice B. B. Kanyip.

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“The unions have been served the court order and, therefore, must surrender themselves to the authority of the court, which is already seized with the facts of the case.

“Any action taken contrary to the order will be tantamount to contempt of court.

“We use this medium to urge the unions to respect the court order and adhere to the principle of the rule of law. There is no need to resort to self-help.

“We urge workers to report for duties and not to entertain any fear as their safety is guaranteed and will be protected within the ambit of law.”

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