The National Industrial Court of Nigeria has issued an order of interim injunction restraining members of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and their affiliates from proceeding with their planned strike scheduled to commence on Tuesday, November 14.
The President of the Court, Justice Benedict Kanyip, who gave the order today, November 10, ruled on an ex-parte application brought by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) on behalf of the Federal Government.
Justice Kanyip said that the order shall subsist until the determination of a motion on notice for interlocutory injunctions equally filed by the AGF.
According to the judge, the court is empowered under Sections 7(1) and 19(a) of the NICN Establishment Act to hear such ex-parte application and grant such ex-parte order where a strike is threatened, but yet to be commenced as in this case.
Both labour unions had on Tuesday, November 7, declared a nationwide strike which will commence on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, in protest against the brutalization of the NLC President, Joe Ajaero, in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
The unions also started to mobilize their members for a protest at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.
The protesters, who gathered at the airport as early as 9.00 a.m. to enforce their directive to members working in the aviation sector to stop all flights to Owerri.
They were, however, prevented from gaining access to the airport by some military personnel at the checkpoint.
The protesters then blocked the entry and exit points of the airport, causing heavy vehicular traffic on both sides and thereby forcing travelers to trek to the airport.