ASUU Sues Edo Varsity Over Alleged Court Violation

ASUU Sues Edo Varsity Over Alleged Court Violation

ASUU Sues Edo Varsity Over Alleged Court Violation

ASUU Sues Edo Varsity Over Alleged Court Violation

The management of the institution is being sued by the Ambrose Alli University chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities for what it claims is the selective payment of employee salaries for January and February 2022 at the Industrial Court of Nigeria, located in Benin, the capital of Edo State.

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The AAU chapter of the ASUU accused the institution’s management of violating court orders dated February 2 and May 17, 2022, which required the payment of January and February 2022 salaries for some ASUU members who had been wronged by the biometric verification exercise, in the lawsuit with the case number NICN/BEN/04/2022, which was filed on June 22, 2022.

The plaintiffs in the suit, alongside ASUU, were the Chairman, ASUU, AAU Ekpoma chapter, Dr. Cyril Onogbosele, and the Assistant Secretary, Dr. William Odion, against six defendants in the suit including the acting Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Asomwan Adagbonyin, and the acting Registrar, Mr. Ambrose Odiase.

ASUU Sues Edo Varsity Over Alleged Court Violation

Counsel to the claimants, Abayomi Thomas, in the suit, cited, ‘‘Motion on notice brought pursuant to Order 63, Rules 5 (1), 5(3), and 6 of the National Industrial Court Rules 2017,’’ and sought the intervention of the court to institute contempt proceedings against the management and subsequent reliefs to be granted to the plaintiffs as deemed fit by the court.

Recently, the AAU branch of ASUU and the management of the state-owned university have been at loggerheads over the suspension of union activities by the latter.

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The plaintiffs, Dr. Cyril Onogbosele and Dr. William Odion had asked the court to determine whether the state government and other defendants in the suit had the power under section 40 of the Constitution and section 35(3) of the Trade Unions Act, to suspend or prohibit trade union activities in AAU.

The claimants, therefore, urged the court to declare the ban as “unconstitutional, illegal, null and void and same is ultra vires the powers of the defendants.”

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