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Legal battle between Edo State NUT and Edo State ASUSS laid to rest

The lingering legal battle between Nigeria Union of Teachers, Edo State Wing and Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools, Edo State Wing, which began in 2001 has finally been laid to rest by the judgment of National Industrial Court of Nigeria sitting in Enugu.

In the landmark judgment in Suit No. NICN/EN/88/2012 delivered by Justice A. Ibrahim on Second December, 2014, the Court held that Nigeria Union of Teachers has no locus standi in the affairs of Secondary School Teachers in Edo State and as such can not maintain an action in respect of check off dues belonging to Secondary Schools Teachers in Edo State.

The National Industrial Court upheld all the submission of Barrister Simon Ezeh Ezenwa of Olayiwola Afolabi and Co. to the effect that NUT is a meddlesome interloper in the affairs of the Secondary School Tutors and their union, Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools.

Consequent upon this, Justice Ibrahim vacated the order of Interlocutory Injunction on the funds kept in an account on the order of the Court on twenty-seventh of July 2012 and consequently struck out the entire suit of Nigeria Union of Teachers against Academic Staff Union of Secondary School, Edo State Post Primary Education, Attorney General of Edo State and the Edo State Government, who were equally sued by Nigeria Union of Teachers at the National Industrial Court, Enugu for want of jurisdiction.

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