The National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) has ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end their over seven months of industrial actions and return to the classrooms immediately.
It also restrained the striking lecturers from continuing with any further industrial action pending the determination of the suit before the court.
In a ruling delivered on Wednesday, Justice Polycarp Hamman of the industrial court in Abuja ordered that the case filed be returned to the president of the Industrial Court for reassignment to another judge.
Hamman, while ruling on the interlocutory injunction filed by the Federal Government, stated that he cannot continue to handle the case considering his status as a vacation judge and the urgency of the suit.
The court order came barely 24 hours after the ASUU president, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, threatened that he and other lecturers may not deliver at their best should the Industrial court compel them to suspend the strike and return to classrooms.
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