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Court Orders Resident Doctors To Suspend Strike

The National Industrial Court, Abuja division on Monday ordered the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to suspend its nationwide strike.

Ruling on the ex parte application brought by the federal government, Justice John Targema asked all parties in the suit to suspend all forms of hostilities pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

The FG had sued the association demanding an order interlocutory injunction which would stop the striking doctors from continuing the industrial action.

Targema J held, “Having looked especially on the affidavit of extreme urgency, the grounds of the application, the affidavit in support of same and arguments of counsel for the applicant. I also weighed the submissions and arguments of counsel on the law as it stands on this application.

“It is hereby ordered that claimant/applicant and the defendant/respondent suspend all forms of hostilities forthwith pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.”

The doctors had on August 1 embarked on an indefinite strike over alleged irregular payment of salaries other issues.

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