The National Industrial Court has restrained the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Petroleum And Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) from picketing the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Justice Peter Lifu gave the ruling in Abuja on Friday on an ex-parte application filed and moved by the CBN’s counsel, Mr Ahmed Raji (SAN), seeking to restrain NUPENG, PENGASSAN, Dr Ahmed Isah and Mr Paul Edeh, who are joined as respondents, from picketing his client.
The respondents were joined in the suit for themselves and for the “Berkete Family,’’ over their threat to disrupt the operations of the CBN over alleged non-payment of the outstanding salaries and terminal benefits of its members who were disengaged by Seawolf Oil field Services Limited.
Justice Lifu held that the jurisdictional mandate of the court was to dispense labour justice with speed, with a firm view of creating industrial harmony in the workplace.
“I am convinced that the application is one of urgency and worthy of consideration. The law is well settled on this issue of interim injunction as being sought in this instant case.
“I have also considered the issue of balance of convenience, that is, who will suffer more if this application is refused.
“The defendants are hereby restrained either by themselves, or through their agents, privies, servants, members or anybody acting on their instruction or on their behalf from disrupting, picketing, blocking, parading themselves or in any other way or manner disturbing the normal business operation of CBN nationwide, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.’’
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