The National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), Abuja, has last week ordered the Federal Government to reinstate Professor Anthony Emeribe as the Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN).
The court, which gave the order of interim injunction in suit number: NICN/ABJ/62/2016, dated March 2, 2016, directed the defendants; the Minister for Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and the MLSCN, its officers, agents, privies and any other person whatsoever from interfering with the claimant’s appointment, pending the hearing and determination of the claimant’s Motion on Notice for Interlocutory Injunction in this suit.
According to Hon. Justice P.O Lifu, who gave the ruling, he said: “An Order enjoining the parties to maintain the status quo ante bellum; that is to say the status quo prior to 19th February, 2016. And For Further Orders as this Honourable Court may deem fit to make in the circumstances of this case.”
“Consequently, in the interest of justice, the court hereby Orders as follows:- The defendants/respondents in this case are herein restrained by themselves, agents, privies or any person acting on their behalf or on their instruction from interfering with the claimant/applicant’s employment, status, position and privileges as the Registrar, Chief Executive Officer of the 2nd defendant or in any way filling the said position pending the hearing and determination of the Motion and Notice dated the 23rd of February but filed on the 24th of February 2016. The return date in this case shall be the 9th of March 2016.
“Meanwhile the claimant/applicant is to enter into written undertaken to pay N100,000.00 damages to the defendants if it is found at the end of the day that this Interim Order was unnecessary or the court was misled. “In obedience to the directive of the Honourable President of this court, this suit is hereby transferred to his Lordship for further action or re-assignment,” the judge said.