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National Industrial Court Halts Strike in Imo State

In a significant development, the National Industrial Court in Owerri has issued an extended interim injunction, restraining the proposed strike by the organized Labour to OCCUPY IMO.

The court presided over by Justice N C S Ogbuanya, took this action following a plea from the Attorney General of Imo State, Barr C O C Akaolisa, who called for an extension of the existing order.

According to an affidavit, the NLC, through a letter dated October 16, 2023, had been mobilizing its members from the South East and South-South regions for a strike aimed at occupying Imo State from November 1, 2023.

Responding to these developments, the court stated that, “The Order of INTERIM INJUNCTION earlier granted against the defendants is hereby extended till the next adjourned date.” 

It also warned both the NLC and TUC against disregarding the court’s directive, emphasizing the potential consequences of disobedience.

The defendants, namely the NLC and its Secretary General, Comrade Emmanuel Ugboaja, as well as the TUC and its Secretary General, Comrade Nuhu Toro, were expressly prohibited from proceeding with the planned strike until the next court hearing.

The parties were further directed to be mindful of the consequences of disobeying existing court orders during the pending suit.

The matter has been adjourned to November 3, 2023, for either a hearing or a report of settlement, marking a pivotal moment in the ongoing legal dispute.

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