A suit filed by the National Association of Students (NANS) to compel the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government to call off the seven months strike has been struck out by the National Industrial Court (NIC).

The suit was struck out on Tuesday by Justice Polycarp Hamman after the factional president of NANS; Umar Faruk Lawal withdrew the case.

Lawal in the suit marked NICN/ABJ/273/2022, had claimed that he filed the case against ASUU and FG for himself and on behalf of NANS.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami were listed as 2nd and 3rd Respondents, respectively in the suit.

Lawal on Tuesday, when the matter was mentioned notified the court that he filed a motion for discontinuance. The factional NANS president expressed his intention to withdraw the suit on account of the challenge by the student body which contested his standing and denied that he is the President of NANS as he had deposed to.

Though the other two respondents were not represented, however, counsel to ASUU, Marshal Abubakar, informed the court that he was not opposed to Lawal’s application to withdraw the suit.

Justice Hamman thereafter struck out the matter.

The Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government has withdrawn its circular which ordered vice-chancellors, pro-chancellors, and governing councils to re-open federal universities.

Buhari Government gave the new directive on Monday afternoon through the National Universities Commission. Recall that the NUC had earlier directed Vice Chancellors to immediately re-open all public Universities and allow students to go back to classes. The Commission had given the order in a letter approved by the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed.




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