The National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, to suspend the ongoing strike pending the determination of the substantive suit before it.
Justice Bashar Alkali who gave the order on Friday, said that no amount of money would compensate for loss of lives due to the strike.
Justice Alkali made the order while ruling on an application by the Federal Government in the suit against NARD.
Counsel to FG, Tochukwu Maduka (SAN), had moved his motion for interlocutory injunction, and prayed the court for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendant from continuing with the industrial action pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
He urged the court to compel the resident doctors to return to their duty posts pending the determination of the substantive suit.
His argument was that since resident doctors are persons who provide essential services, they could not continue with their strike that would wreck hardship on citizens.
But counsel to NARD, Robinson Ariyo, opposed the application for interlocutory injunction as he prayed the court to reject the application.