By Ismail Auwal

National Industrial Court, in Abuja, on Monday has ordered the striking members of Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) and the Federal Government to maintain status quo ante by suspending all hostilities.

The Presiding Judge, Justice John Targema, in his ruling, gave the order pending the hearing and determination of motion on notice.

Targema said that he granted the application after careful consideration of the processes filed by the applicants.

”Having looked especially on the affidavit of extreme urgency, the grounds of the application, the affidavit in support of same and arguments of counsel for the applicant.

”I also weighed the submissions and arguments of counsel on the law as it stands on this application.

” 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”, he said.

He further ordered that hearing notice be issued, along with other processes which included the originating summons be served on the respondent and proof of service to be kept in the case file before the next adjourned date.

Targema in addition adjourned the matter until Sept. 15 for hearing of the motion on notice and/ or any other pending application on its merit.

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