The National Industrial Court in Abuja threw out Umar Lawal’s lawsuit, which asked the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end its seven-month strike and go back to work.
Lawal filed the lawsuit on behalf of himself and the group. He said he was the President of the National Association of Nigerian Students.
On Tuesday, however, Justice Polycarp Hamman dismissed the action when Lawal’s attorney, Debo Ikuesan, withdrew it on the grounds that the students’ body is contesting his position as president, and disputing that he is the leader of NANS as he had claimed.
ASUU’s Marshal Abubakar informed the court that he would not oppose the motion to dismiss the case.
In the lawsuit, a person named Umar Faruk, who said he was the president of NANS, asked the court to tell ASUU to stop the strike it started in February 2022.
According to him, the walkout threatens students’ right to education under section 18 of chapter 2 of the modified 1999 constitution. He went on to say that the long strike had hurt Nigerian students because they had lost a lot of time and opportunities that would have helped them with their education and career goals.
They are requesting that the court, among other things, order ASUU to end its strike.
They are also trying to get a court order that says the ASUU and its members can’t keep up the strike they started.
Sunday Asefon, who is stepping down as President of the students’ group, argued in court that Umar Lawal does not have permission from NANS to start the action.
He stated that Lawal had competed for and lost the national presidency of NANS.
In response to NANS’ objection, Abubakar Marshall, the lawyer for ASUU, did not fight Faruk’s request to throw out the case.