NLC does not intend to disobey the NICN ex parte order, planned protest is lawful – Femi Falana

PublishedApril 23, 2023 @ 5:13 PM

Nigerian most outspoken Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has insisted that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and its members can go ahead with the August 2nd strike and protest as planned.

According to Falana, the exercise does not translate to contempt of court.

This was contained in a letter from the Falana Falana Chambers, solicitors to the NLC, by Sam Ogala, titled “Re- NLC in contempt of Court” and addressed to the Permanent Secretary/Solicitor-General, Federal Ministry of Justice on July 28th 2023.

According to him, the decision of Nigerian workers to participate in peaceful rallies is for the interest of the masses and to protest the worsening economic crisis in the country.

“You were reported to have accused the leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress of treating the order of the National Industrial Court with contempt.

“Contrary to your unwarranted allegation, the Nigeria Labour Congress does not intend to disobey the ex parte order of the National Industrial Court.

“And to the effect that ‘the defendants/respondents are hereby restrained from embarking on the planned Industrial Action/or strike of any nature, pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice dated June 5” – Femi Falana SAN said.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the National Industrial Court in Abuja on June 5, restrained the NLC and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, from embarking on their planned strike to protest the unilateral removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government.

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