The National Industrial Court in Abuja has ordered the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) to suspend its ongoing strike.
Justice John Targema gave the order on Monday in an ex parte application by the Federal Government.
He also asked all parties in the suit to suspend all forms of hostilities and maintain status quo, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
“It is hereby ordered that claimant/applicant and the defendant/respondent suspend all forms of hostilities forthwith pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice,” the judge was quoted as saying in the order paper signed by a registrar at the court, Diana Eko.
In the meantime, the national leadership of resident doctors say they have not received any court order.
Justice Targema gave the order for the doctors to suspend the industrial action after considering the grounds of the application, especially on the affidavit of extreme urgency, as well as the affidavit in support of same and arguments of counsel for the applicant.
He also weighed the submissions and arguments of counsel on the law as it stands on the application before giving the order.
The judge, thereafter, adjourned the case until September 15 for a hearing of the motion on notice and/or any other pending application on its merit.
In addition, the judge ordered that a hearing notice be issued, and other processes be served on the defendant, including the originating summons.
He also directed that the proof of service should be kept in the case file before the next adjourned date.