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National Industrial Court Restrains NLC from Strike in Imo State Following Attack on Ajaero



National Industrial Court Restrains NLC from Strike in Imo State Following Attack on Ajaero

The National Industrial Court in Owerri, Imo State, has issued a restraining order against the organised labour force, preventing them from embarking on any strike until further notice. The court emphasized that disregarding the order would have consequences.

Justice N.C.S. Ogbuanya granted the order on Friday after hearing arguments from both parties, who stated that they had not settled their dispute. The defendants in the case are the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and its Secretary-General, Emmanuel Ugboaja, as well as the Trade Union Congress and its Secretary-General, Nuhu Toro. The claimants in the suit are the Attorney General of Imo State and the Imo State Government.

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While considering the motion for an interlocutory injunction, the court scheduled November 30, 2023, for the ruling. It stressed the importance of preventing the escalation of labour disputes and their adverse effects on the interests and well-being of citizens and third parties not involved in the pending suit.

The court directed the parties to maintain peace until the next adjourned date and warned them about the consequences of disobeying the existing court order.


With this order, the ongoing strike action in Imo State, particularly by a section of the labour force, including the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), is deemed illegal.

In response to an attack on NLC President Joe Ajaero during a protest in Imo State, the National Industrial Court has restrained the organized labour movement from proceeding with a strike. The court’s order aims to maintain peace and protect the interests of the public and third parties involved. The matter will be further addressed during the ruling on the interlocutory injunction on November 30, 2023.

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