The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Kaduna has sued Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s government for interfering in its affairs.
The case is before the National Industrial Court.
Joined in the suit as co-defendants are the attorney general, Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board and the attorney general of the federation.
When the matter came up before Justice Ayodele Obaseki-Osaghae, the claimant’s counsel, Samuel Atung, informed the court that they had served process on the defendants.
The first, second and third defendants, however, were not present. The fourth defendant counsel, O.A Akinde, acknowledged receipt of the claimant’s originating process and added that they had filed their response at the court’s registry.
She further explained that she was told that it had to undergo the mandatory days for quarantine before serving the same on the claimant.
Ms Akinde then prayed for an adjournment hoping that the claimant would be served before the next adjourned date.
Mr Atung, on his part, informed the court that he filed a motion on notice and originating summons on March 10 and served on June 22.
The court hinted that instead of taking them one after the other, they would be taken together, saying, “This is a new matter that came up for mention for the first time. Having been mentioned, it is adjourned until October 7 for hearing. Hearing notices are to be issued and served on the first, second and third defendants.”
From its motion on notice, the claimant is seeking an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendants, whether acting by themselves, officers, agents or servants, from acting on the report of PKF Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers appointed by them to review NUT’s financial statement.
The claimant, in addition, is seeking an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendants from prosecuting and interfering with the officials and management of the Endwell Scheme of the claimant.
Another order as sought by the claimant is an order directing the defendants to continue to deduct from the salary of its members’ union dues and remit the same to the claimant pending the determination of the substantive originating summons.
The affidavit supporting the originating summons asserted that it is only the registrar of trade unions that could order investigation, audit, probe into finances/accounts, commence criminal prosecution or civil action to recover any funds misappropriated and not the defendants.We are social! follow us on: