Alleged contempt of court: FG moves to jail labour leaders

President Tinubu, NLC President Joe Ajaero, TUC President Festus Osifo

The Federal Government has filed a fresh action against the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, for allegedly defying an order restraining the duo from embarking on strike. 

The “notice of consequences of disobedience to order of court”, titled “Form 48,” was filed in Abuja on Wednesday, before the National Industrial Court.

The applicants are the Federal Government and the Attorney General of the Federation, while the various leaders of the organised labour are listed as respondents. 

TAKE NOTICE that unless you obey the Direction contained in the Order of the National Industrial Court, Abuja, delivered by Honourable Justice Y. Anuwe on June 5th 2023, as per the attached Enrolled Order, you will be guilty of Contempt of Court and will be liable to be sentenced to prison.”

IdanNews had reported that The Organised Labour led by the NLC and TUC had on Wednesday kicked off its protest against the “anti-people” policies of the President Bola Tinubu administration in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, and other states of the Federation including Lagos, Benue, Abia, Plateau, Kaduna, Kano, Rivers, Zamfara, Katsina, Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu, Kwara, Ogun, Imo, Ondo, and Edo.

The unions demanded “the immediate reversal of all anti-poor policies of the federal government including the recent hike in fuel price, increase in public school fees, among others.

They had insisted that one of the conditions for the removal of fuel subsidy is the discontinuation of the importation of refined petroleum products and refining of these products locally.

They later met with President Bola Tinubu at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday.