Court restrains PENGASSAN from holding delegates confab

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LAGOS—The National Industrial Court, NIC, in Lagos yesterday, restrained the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, from holding its June 25 national delegates conference in Abuja.

Justice Kenneth Amadi, ruling on the ex-parte motion, granted an order of interim injunction, restraining the defendants from holding any delegates conference until the substantive suit is determined.

He then adjourned hearing of the motion on notice till June 30.

The order followed a suit filed by two plaintiffs, Messrs John Nwanosike and Jonathan Omare, against PENGASSAN over alleged breach of their rights.

The plaintiffs, who are members of the Chevron branch of the association, had sought an order restraining the defendants from holding any delegates conference pending determination of the suit.

Joined as defendants in the suit were PENGASSAN, its Chevron branch, Mr Esanubi Frank and Mr Ayanate Kio.

The plaintiffs had earlier filed a suit before a Federal High Court in Lagos, but had to file a notice of discontinuance following an objection raised by the defendants.

The defendants had challenged the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court to hear the suit which they claimed was a labour-related matter.

Consequently, the plaintiffs instituted a fresh suit before the NIC by way of ex-parte application, seeking similar relief.

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