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Law students sue ASUU, AGF, minister, others over strike

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The Law Students Association of Nigeria has dragged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), it’s President Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, and the Minister for Education before the Federal High Court Abuja.

Other defendants in the suit filed by Blessing Agbomhere for himself and on behalf of the association include the Minister for Labour
and Employment, the Attorney General of Federation, and the Federal Government of Nigeria.

By the suit, the plaintiffs want “A declaration that by virtue of Section 18(1), (2) and (3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, (as amended) and Article 17(1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right (Ratification and Enforcement) Act Cap, A9 LFN, 2004, the Plaintiff is entitle the Right to Education.

“A declaration that in consequence of the Plaintiff’s Right to Education as guaranteed by Section 18 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, (as amended) and Article 17(1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right (Ratification and Enforcement) Act Cap, A9 LFN, 2004, the 3rd – 6th Defendants are under obligation to create the necessary, supportive and conducive environment to ensure that the Plaintiff enjoys a crisis free, peaceful and uninterrupted learning for the purpose of the promotion, enhancement and enjoyment of the Plaintiff’s right to education.

“A declaration that the indefinite strike action embarked upon by the 1st and 2nd Defendants since March 2020 leading to the closure of government owned universities which has detrimentally and negatively impacted on Plaintiff’s learning and the smooth operation of academic calendar of universities is a brazen infraction of the Plaintiff’s right to education.

In addition, they are seeking “An order mandatory injunction compelling the 1st and 2nd Defendants to call off the strike action and return back to the status quo ante bellum whilst negotiation for amicable resolution of the issues in contention or among the Defendants are ongoing.

” An order of perpetual injunction restraining the 1st and 2nd Defendants whether by themselves, servants, agents and/or privies howsoever from further declaring or embarking on indefinite and incessant strike actions which might ultimately interfere, alter, derogate and undermine the Plaintiff’s right to education as guaranteed under Section 18 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and Article 17 of African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.

“An order directing the 3rd – 6th Defendants to re-open the government-owned universities forthwith and to honour their contractual agreements with the 1st and 2nd Defendants in the overall interest of the Plaintiff.

“The sum of N10,000,000,000.00 (Ten Billion Naira) only as general and exemplary damages for the loss of valuable time, opportunity, mental torture, psychological anguish and general deprivation which the Plaintiff has suffered or likely to be exposed to on graduation. (TODAY)

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