The Appeals Court orders ASUU to start working right away.


The Abuja-based Court of Appeal has ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to start working again right away.


The instruction was given on Friday by the Court of Appeal, which also granted ASUU permission to appeal the interlocutory injunction issued on September 21, 2022, by Justice Polycarp Hamman of the Abuja Division of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), ordering union members to return to their jobs.

Justice Hamma Akawu Barka, the presiding judge, issued a warning to ASUU, stating that failure to resume will result in ASUU losing its automatic right to appeal the lower court’s decision.

Based on the applicant’s attorney, Femi Falana (SAN), move for the withdrawal of the suit, Justice Barka dismissed ASUU’s request for a stay of the Industrial Court’s ruling.

Justice Barka, the panel’s chairman, gave ASUU seven days to file its notice of appeal on the lower court’s decision.

On September 23, 2022, ASUU filed a 14-ground appeal against the Industrial Court of Nigeria’s decision ordering lecturers back into the classroom.

While approving the decision, Justice Hamman Polycarp of the Industrial Court stated that it was also in the best interests of the country’s undergraduate students who had been back at home since February 14.

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