Industrial Court Strike Out FG Suit Against Resident Doctors

The National Industrial Court, Abuja, has struck out a suit filed by the Federal Government, FG, against the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARD.

The presiding Judge, Justice Benedict Kanyip gave the verdict for lack of diligence on the part of the FG.

Joined as a co-claimant in the suit is the Federal Ministry of health.

However, when the case was called, neither the claimants nor their lawyers were in court.

The defendant’s counsel, Bright Egualeona on his part informed the court he filed a notice of preliminary objection dated August 25, 2021, and filed August 31, 2021.

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He further stated that the preliminary objection was in response to the claimant’s originating process.

The counsel in addition urged the court to strike out the suit for lacking diligent prosecution on the part of the claimants.

The judge, Justice Benedict Kanyip after listening to the submission of the counsel said that given the absence of the claimants for the second time, this suit is hereby struck out.

The last adjourned date of Feb. 16, the matter could not proceed due to the absence of parties and their legal representatives in court.

The judge had therefore stated “the matter is slated for hearing and neither are parties nor their representatives are in court inspite of being served hearing notice.

“Given the importance of this matter, the court is giving the parties another opportunity, the judge ruled.



Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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