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Fuel Price Increase: Court Stops NLC from Going on Strike

The National Industrial Court has stopped ‎the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress from embarking on strike to protest last week’s increase in fuel price by the federal Government.

Justice Babatunde Adejumo gave the restraining order following a suit by the Attorney General of the Federation.

Justice Adejumo, held: “The defendants are hereby restrained from carrying out the threat contained in their communique issued on May 14th pending the hearing and determination of the ‎motion on notice filed on May 16.

“It is the order of this court that status quo be maintained as at 17th May‎.”

He also ordered that the processes in the case be served on the respondents within 24 hours and that proof of service be filed in the court

“It is the order of this court that non of the parties shall engage in any act, conduct, overtly, covertly on this matter pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice,” Justice Adejumo further held.

The judge transferred the case to another judge of the court saying that he would be engaged at the National Judicial Council and would not be able to take further proceeding on the matter.

The judge said he was busy at the National Judicial Council and would not be able to go ahead with the hearing.

Adejumo said that he preferred that the dispute be resolved amicably but that he was constrained to issue the order exparte because the respondents were not yet before him.

He also said that he granted the order to make sure that people were not subjected to avoidable hardship.

He said:”I decided to take this case this morning because it is on an issue that will affect everybody. I don’t want people to be subjected to hardship. There will be sacricity of foods, people may die, students will engage in all sorts of activities. This is why I have to grant this order.”

The order will lapse in seven days except it is renewed.

‎ Malami, while moving an exparte application said  it was in the national interest to stop NLC from shutting down the nation over last week’s increase in price of fuel.

He cited Section 14 of the 1999 Constitution as amended to justify his application to stop the strike.

Malami argued that ‎no amount of damages could serve as compensation if NLC is allowed to shut down the economy.

He further argued that the balance of convenient was in favour of the government.

 The minister‎ asked the court to determine:

Whether the respondents (NLC, Trade Union Congress) have complied with the laid down condition precedent for embarking on strike‎.

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91 comments

  1. Ahaha which way nigeria? where is court in 2012 when those demons were walkin in de street protesting in de name of fuel increas?,since over one month now i have not see sign of light in my place where is court? buhari hav travel 28 con3 under 8 months where is de court? what i know is dat after dis wickedness in dis world death, after dat is goin to be gudgment.buhari can never escap wrath of god,

    • Take it easy tenant! dont ever drag a quarrel with landord.

    • Nigerians opted for this….the courts were never there when labour went on strike in thesame issue in 2012 ko??

    • mr man compare 8billion dollars foreign earning during jonathan and 800million dollars for dis current administration and u will reason dat the removal of fuel subsidy is necessary

    • Ibrahim stop dat trash, Obj said something dat buari himself can’t deny it. Dat Jona left 30b dollars where is d money. but one thing about u apcist is dat u can never say d truth

    • So d 30 billion should be spent to import fuel alone as if only people using petrol own Nigeria? Check ur brain if still working bro.

    • Hardship was unacceptable under GEJ but now acceptable under Buhari. “I will vote for Buhari 1000 times over even if one litre of petrol costs N500 and a cup of garri costs N1000”, so says many Northern Nigerians and their Western slaves. Can you now observe that the primary problem of Niger Area is not corruption? The number 1 problem of Nigeria is ethnic cum religious bigotry/politics. If you still don’t know this, then you are not sharp/smart at all! This is why we need every tribe to go their separate ways and run their affairs as separate states/nations.

  2. but did not stop d increase.?

  3. Strike is irresponsible . Let the NLC go and rethink their strategy. Strive for good governance and accountability . Not fuel prices increase

  4. Any NIGERIAN worker that want 2 strike should just resign his appointment b4 d strike!

  5. were there going to be strike b4? who is deceiving who? plan work,nonsense

  6. Different music for different ethnic people. “Nigeria we hail thee”

  7. Where is Wole Soyinka with his over grown bear-bear, where is Tunde Bakare, Where is Femi Falana, Where is Hell Rufai, Where are all those brainless movie actors and musicians who were being paid by the nameless people called Cabal to protest in 2012. USELESS FOLKS.

  8. Oluyinka Dada………did you say the same thing in 2012 when NLC emback on strike?

  9. Nigerians are becoming more civilised, more responsive to realities. In 2012 Jonathan lack no moral justification to increase fuel price or rather remove subsidy because nigeria’s foreign earnings was peaking at $ 8b monthly, unlike now that the monthly forex earning is barely $800m. That’s why all our prominent personalities, civil societies, NUPENG, PENGASAN, Aviation employees, coalition of political parties, bankers and market organisations supported the courage of PMB, some based on his personal integrity and some on realities on ground. The proposed nationwide strike will fail, as 60% of the work force are dragged into
    It. Every responsible nigerian believe we are in safe hands and that’s why with all this temporary challenges we are facing, they are with PMB.

    • Something is wrong with your comment

    • Can’t we comment with out been bias

    • U people are the major problem of Nigeria

    • I stand to be corrected or enlighted.

    • Wallahi, u are bias, to be sincerely, 145 is too much,

    • Do you know now Forte oil is selling N111/ltr, Total N105/ltr, AA Rano N117/ltr. It can go upward any time, but the basic reality is the economy can’t sustain subsidy anymore. It’s obvious that even to source dollars at control price for the fuel
      importers is not possible.

    • Hardship was unacceptable under GEJ but now acceptable under Buhari. “I will vote for Buhari 1000 times over even if one litre of petrol costs N500 and a cup of garri costs N1000”, so says many Northern Nigerians and their Western slaves. Can you now observe that the primary problem of Niger Area is not corruption? The number 1 problem of Nigeria is ethnic cum religious bigotry/politics. If you still don’t know this, then you are not sharp/smart at all! This is why we need every tribe to go their separate ways and run their affairs as separate states/nations.

    • Saminu Lawan, GEJ saw this time coming as a result of what is happening globally with ISIS, He decides to take a proactive force to avert this, but there was ethnic revolt against him.
      In 2012;
      1, we have enough reserve of hard currency to procure petroleum for a full year, without lacking dollars as it is today to import petroleum.
      2, Opportunity was giving to independent people to build modular refinery.
      3, There would have been so many jobs for people to do, just as it was under GEJ where we have more marginal oil field Operators than ever in the history of Nigeria.
      4, Our so much dependency from foreign petrol would have slash to bearable state.
      5, our foreign reserve in dollars would have been very strong since there would have been a real reduction in oil importation.
      6, reduction in so much need for hard currency, will boost our economy, thereby giving our naira strength in the International market. Etc.
      If Buhari is removing subsidy, let him remove his interest and increase his control on standard, but that’s not the case.

      Too much of ethnic politic go kill Nigeria.

  10. They Can Force Us To Go To Work But They Cannot Force Us To Work The Work

  11. This administration don’t obey court Orders, so NLC shall not obey it.

  12. They should ignore the order of court . Buhari severally disobeyed court order less that a year he resumed as the President.

  13. Where we’re the court when they go on strik during the previous administration? This are the reasons why it will be difficult for this country to be one. This type of injunction that comes out when certain person, tribe or religion are in power

  14. Itz Buhari industrial Court of intimidation and oppression of the masses .

  15. Nlc should stop deception. This is why nig is fantastically corrupt.

  16. When did the government start to obey court orders in Nigeria? NLC should also disregard the order.

  17. Which court? The court buhari obeys and listened to or the one h disobeyed their Orders not to release Nnamdi Kanu and Dasuki he’s using to threat labour, it can’t work dear

  18. Which court ?Does Buhàri govt obey court Oder?

  19. The court should go to hell, we the masses are tired of this government APC.

  20. Acting as if we are i military regime.

  21. APC govt has kill judiciary in nig.Noting like court order untill pmb releases Kanu or we will stone him to death

  22. Hardship was unacceptable under GEJ but now acceptable under Buhari.

    “I will vote for Buhari 1000 times over even if one litre of petrol costs N500 and a cup of garri costs N1000”, so says many Northern Nigerians and their Western slaves.

    Can you now observe that the primary problem of Niger Area is not corruption?

    The number 1 problem of Nigeria is ethnic cum religious bigotry/politics. If you still don’t know this, then you are not sharp/smart at all!

    This is why we need every tribe to go their separate ways and run their affairs as separate states/nations.

  23. Confused is the government of Nigeria. Who would have thought the government will be seeking a court order after disobeying previous orders from the same court.

  24. Before now federal government has flauted so many court injuctions so at this jucture why are they shivering…. Clueless government

  25. NLC go and rest pls, the people want to protect are not interested. Right now am in my office doing work..you know why? Bcos I stand with my pmb

    • @ Hadiza is it becos u stand wit PMB dat is why u are in ur office working? Bt what if u did nt stand with PMB will u hav been in ur office working? Pls ask urself dis simple question & stop deceiving our self.

  26. What court do we have Judiciary? Is dead already under Buhari watch.

  27. Nobody is against deregulation but it must be properly planned to reduce it harsh effect on us . Is there any plan to make the 4 refineries work or build new once to stop importation . Are we encouraging investor to come in ? We are just creating jobs in other countries and making their economy boom . Nigeria we hail thee

  28. H. Hanson agreed wit ur opinion nd view. We southerner are not united at all. D notrh are very much united, knowing dier bro is in power no demostration, riot or civil disobedient over d fuel price hike. We should learn lesson frm dis. PMB is in power so no strike, but when GEJ tried it in 2012 we all knew what happened.

  29. Is there any thing like law in nigeria?

  30. court can stop n l c from embarking on strike.they are mocking them self.

  31. COURT CAN NOT STOP NLC FROM EMBARKING ON STRIKE. THEY ARE MOCKING THEMSELVE.

  32. ,,, court oda fg to realese kanu nd ddasusuki, uptill now de ar still in d police custudy,,, buarI NOW go to d same court to stop NLC/NUT,,, IS LIKE NIGERIA DON ENTER ONE CHANCE

  33. Is der anytin like court in dis con3?

  34. Hardship was unacceptable under GEJ but now acceptable under Buhari. “I will vote for Buhari 1000 times over even if one litre of petrol costs N500 and a cup of garri costs N1000”, so says many Northern Nigerians and their Western slaves. Can you now observe that the primary problem of Niger Area is not corruption? The number 1 problem of Nigeria is ethnic cum religious bigotry/politics. If you still don’t know this, then you are not sharp/smart at all! This is why we need every tribe to go their separate ways and run their affairs as separate states/nations.

  35. Which court, buhari said there’s no court in Nigeria

  36. Is there any court in Nigeria?

  37. They can quickly give order when dey have 10-20 yrs pending cases without attended to.

  38. “In 2012 when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government of Dr Goodluck Jonathan removed fuel subsidy and increased petrol price to N141 per litre, crude oil was selling at $111 per barrel. How then can petrol price be increased to N145 per litre when crude oil is now selling at $40 per barrel? “It is on record that on May 2 this year, the federal government, in the Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) Template released in Abuja, told Nigerians that it was subsidising petrol at N12.62 per litre. “If as at May 2, petrol was being subsidised at N12.62 per litre, and now that the subsidy of N12.62 has been removed, what ought to have been added to the N86.50 pump price should be N12.62, which would have increased pump price to N99.12 per litre. “Increasing petrol pump price by N58.50 when the federal government claimed it was subsidising the product at N12.62 per litre is clear political 419, which is aimed at further impoverishing Nigerians as the government will be making profit of N45.88 on each litre of petrol bought by Nigerians. “How can any government with human feelings attempt to make profit of N45.88 per litre on Nigerians, who are no longer getting their salaries regularly? How can PMB and his party impose another N45.88 per litre levy on Nigerians who are already facing severe hardship? This is criminality and wickedness.

  39. May God punish that Court that is try to stop NLC not to go on strike.

  40. May God punish that Court that is try to stop NLC not to go on strike.

  41. No way 4 any court to stop NLC

  42. Which court order…….. We are following our leader. #We #give #no #shit #about #court #orders

  43. Does buhari respect court orders n rule of law?

  44. No work no monthly sallary, let them continue their useless strike.

  45. The judge that allow himself to be used must be very stupid and one of those that see white and turn it to black. So for him, all is well.

  46. Dis stupid NIC should be ashamed. But d problem is dt they don’t care if their insipidity us ever noticed. Shame to dem

  47. Where was this judge when president Buhari was disobeying Court order. Beginning from Oputa panel to the recent Court injunctions. He as a leader has set a bench mark that only him as a leader can amend.

  48. Dis pple ll beat u finish nd also ask u not 2 cry what a wicked Goverment is dis? Chia apc don kill us oooo

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