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Law Students Association of Nigeria has dragged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), before the Federal High Court Abuja, over the incessant strikes by the union.
In the suit which was filed at the court on Friday, the association is seeking an order to compel ASUU members to return to the classroom.
It also seeks an order of perpetual injunction to restrain ASUU from embarking on further strikes.
The suit which was filed by the President of the association, Mr Blessing Agbomhere on behalf of other members asks the court to compel ASUU to pay N10 billion compensation to Nigerian students.
This, the association claims is for allegedly infringing on the right of the students to education as guaranteed by Section 18 of the 1999 Constitution and Article 17 of African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.
The association also joined Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi,
ASUU President, the Minister for Education, the Minister for Labour
and Employment, the Attorney-General of Federation and the Federal Government as 2nd to 6th defendants in the suit.
The association further asks the court to order ASUU to pay damages to all Nigerian students for the psychological and emotional torture meted out to them as well as the loss of valuable time following the continuous strike.
The Law students are seeking among other reliefs, a declaration that the strike of the union is a breach of the right of members of the association to education.
“A declaration that the indefinite strike embarked upon by the 1st and 2nd defendants since March 2020, leading to the closure of government owned universities, which has detrimentally and negatively impacted on plaintiff’s learning and the smooth operation of academic calendar of universities, is a brazen infraction of the plaintiff’s right to education.
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