Court Strikes Out NANS Suit Against ASUU


The National Industrial Court in Abuja has struck out a suit filed by one Umar Lawal, asking the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its seven-month strike.

Lawal claimed to be the President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and told the court he instituted the case on behalf of himself and the association.

Justice Polycarp Hamman, however, struck out the suit on Tuesday after Debo Ikuesan, the counsel for Lawal, withdrew the suit on the grounds that the students’ body is challenging the claimant’s position as president, denying that he is the leader of NANS as he had deposed to.

ASUU’s counsel, Marshal Abubakar, also made it known to the court that he is not opposing the application to withdraw the suit.

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Sunday Asefon, the outgoing President of the students’ body, had made it known to the court that Umar Lawal does not have the mandate of NANS to commence the action.

He said Lawal had contested the position of national president of NANS and lost.

On account of the objection by NANS, counsel for Faruk sought an order to discontinue the case, a stand the counsel for ASUU, Abubakar Marshall, did not oppose.