The National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja has restrained the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors from continuing with their ongoing strike pending the determination of the substantive suit before it.
The court ordered members of the association nationwide to return to work while noting that no amount can compensate for the loss of lives during the strike.
Justice Bashar Alkali made the order while ruling on an application by the Federal Government in the suit against resident doctors.
The Federal Government’s lawyer, Mr Tochukwu Maduka (SAN), had moved a motion for interlocutory injunction, and prayed the court for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendant from continuing with the industrial action pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
He argued that resident doctors as persons who provide essential services cannot embark on strike and continuing to do so will inflict more hardship on citizens.
The resident doctor’s lawyer, Robinson Ariyo, vehemently opposed the application for interlocutory injunction and urged the court to discountenance their application.