Law Students Sue ASUU, Seek Perpetual Injunction against Strikes
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is facing a lawsuit from the Law Students Association of Nigeria (LAWSAN) over what it described as the incessant disruptions of academic activities in the Nigerian universities.
LAWSAN filed its case before the Federal High Court Abuja on Friday, seeking an order to compel ASUU to return to the classroom as well as an order of perpetual injunction to restrain the teachers from embarking on further industrial actions.
Part of the prayers of the students’ body was for ASUU to pay N10 billion as compensation to its members.
The suit was filed by the LAWSAN president, Blessing Agbomhere on behalf of his members, and the association claims that ASUU has allegedly infringed on the rights of the students to education as guaranteed by Section 18 of the 1999 Constitution and Article 17 of African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.
Speaking to newsmen, Agbomwere said that the suit was sequel to its findings that ASUU members had not been honest with the federal government as its members teach in more than one university at a time.
He also alleged that ASUU members have been engaging in consultancy services in oil companies and collecting multiple salaries at the detriment of the Nigerian students.
Other defendants in the case ASUU president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, education minister and his labour as well as justice counterparts.
LAWSAN seeking “A declaration that the indefinite strike 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.
“An order of mandatory injunction compelling the 1st and 2nd defendants to call off the strike and return to the status quo ante bellum whilst negotiation for amicable resolution of the issues in contention or among the defendants is ongoing.
“An order of perpetual injunction restraining the 1st and 2nd defendants whether by themselves, servants, agents and/or privies from further declaring or embarking on indefinite and incessant strikes.”
The students are also seeking an order directing the 3rd to 6th defendants to re-open government owned universities and to honour their contractual agreements with the 1st and 2nd defendants in the overall interest of the plaintiff.
In his statement of claim, Agbomwere said that he is a Nigerian citizen, a final year law student of Baze University and currently the president of the Law Students Association of Nigeria (LAWSAN).
He further averred that the suit was sequel to a mandate given to him by the Senate of Law Students’ Association of Nigeria (LAWSAN), to institute the suit in a representative capacity against the defendants.
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