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Court strikes out NANS’ suit against FG, ASUU

The National Industrial Court on Tuesday struck out a suit filed by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to compel the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off the ongoing strike.

The judge, Polycarp Hamman, in the ruling terminated further proceedings in the matter after the claimant, Umar Lawal, withdrew it.

Mr Lawal had filed the suit, which was mentioned on September 16, for himself and on behalf of NANS against the Minister of Education, ASUU and the Attorney-General of the Federation.
However, when the matter slated for the hearing came up on Tuesday, Mr Lawal notified the court that he had filed a motion for discontinuance.
He added that he premised his decision to withdraw the suit on account of the challenge by NANS, which contested his position as its president in the affidavit he had deposed to.
After Mr Lawal submitted his application, the court asked if Marshal Abubakar, counsel to ASUU, had any objection.
Mr Abubakar informed the court that he was not opposed to Mr Lawal’s application to withdraw the suit.
The other defendants, however, had no legal representation in court.
(NAN).

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