Court orders resident doctors to suspend strike

The National Industrial Court has directed resident doctors to suspend their strike action and go back to work immediately.

The doctors were directed to return to the negotiation table, pending the determination of the substantive suit.

Justice Bashar Alkali issued the directive on Friday while ruling on an application by the Federal Government.

The judge, Bashar Alkali, in his ruling, said: “I hereby make an order of interlocutory injunction restraining members of the respondent in all states of the federation from further continuing with the industrial action embarked on August 2.”

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The court concluded that  there is no amount of money that will compensate for the loss of lives in the circumstances.

Counsel to the Federal Government, Mr Tochukwu Maduka, had moved his motion for interlocutory injunction and prayed the court for an order restraining the defendant from continuing with the industrial action pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

He argued that the resident doctors are persons who provide essential services and cannot embark on strike as continuing to do so will wreak hardship on citizens.

Counsel to the resident doctors, Femi Aborishade, vehemently opposed the application for interlocutory injunction and urged the court to discountenance their application.

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