The National Industrial Court in Abuja on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit brought by Umar Lawal, a National Association of Nigerian Students factional president, asking the court to order the Academic Staff Union of Universities to end its strike and resume teaching.
The suit, NICN/ABJ/273/2022, which Lawal said he filed on behalf of himself and NANS, was withdrawn when the case was discussed in court on Tuesday.
Lawal testified before the court, which was presided over by Justice Polycarp Hamman, that he had withdrawn a petition of discontinuance because the student body had disputed his authority and denied that he was the President of NANS as he had claimed.
Therefore, Justice Hamman halted further proceedings in the case.
Adamu Adamu, the minister of education, and Abubakar Malami, the attorney general of the federation, who were designated as the second and third respondents in the lawsuit, respectively, joined ASUU as the first respondent.
ASUU’s legal representative, Marshal Abubakar, informed the court that he was not opposing the request to have the lawsuit withdrawn.