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Court Threatens to Remand Union Leaders in Bauchi

| July 21, 2012 More

Bauchi โ€” The Principal District Court, 8, presided over by Chief Magistrate Isah Mohammed has threatened to remand the executives of the Bauchi State Association of Secondary School Teachers for refusing to obey court order.

The association embar-ked on indefinite strike due to what they described as the inability of the state government to meet their demands by sacking or transferring the commissioner of education to another ministry. The state’s Ministry of Education went to court and obtained a restraining order stopping the association from embarking on strike, but the union leaders said they were served after they embarked on the strike and urged their members to continue.

Some of the trade unions and stake holders in education disassociated themselves from the strike, but about half of the secondary school teachers obeyed the union’s call for strike. Counsel to the association, Joseph Kulebo filed a preliminary objection to the suit on the grounds that the court has no jurisdiction to entertain the matter.

But counsel to the Ministry of Education, Magnus Myewa, told the court that officials of the association refused to obey a restraining order and urged the court to serve them Form 48 for disobeying a court order.

In his ruling, Justice Isah Mohammed said the preliminary objection will be heard first and ordered the defence counsel to put the applicants on notice and to serve the defendants with Form 48. He also ordered all parties to comply with the restraining order earlier given by the court. The matter has been adjourned to July 26.

Category: Bauchi State News

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