Why we dragged FG, ASUU to court over strike – Law students

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Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

The Nigerian Law students have explained why they sued the Academic Staff Union of Universities and relevant ministries representing the Federal Government for the lingering strike which has led to the shutdown of various public universities since March 2020.

The students through the National President of the Law Students Association of Nigeria, Blessing Agbomhere, sought an award of N10bn as compensation for the violation of their rights to education for the period of about nine months that their public institutions of learning had been shut down.

The suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1551/2012 was filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday.

Agbomhere, a final year Law student at Baze University, who is the sole plaintiff, said he was mandated by a resolution of the Senate of LAWSAN to institute the suit in a representative capacity.

Joined as defendants are ASUU, ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, the Minister of Education, the Minister of Labour and Employment, the Attorney General of Federation and the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Agbomhere, through his lawyer, Luqman Momodu, urged the court to, among others, declare that he is representing other students of his association, was entitled to right to education by virtue of Section 18(1), (2) and (3) of the Nigerian Constitution and Article 17(1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right (Ratification and Enforcement) Act Cap, A9 LFN, 2004.

He also asked the court to, in affirming his right to education, declare that the 3rd – 6th defendants (the ministers and the Federal Government) “are under obligation to create the necessary, supportive and conducive environment to ensure that the plaintiff enjoys a crisis free, peaceful and uninterrupted learning for the purpose of the promotion, enhancement and enjoyment of the plaintiff’s right to education

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