Wole Balogun, Ado-Ekiti
A Lagos High Court has restrained Total Nigeria Plc from evicting, dislodging or evacuating Automatic Fits and Energy Nigeria Ltd and Segmat Springs Ltd from Total Plc Lube Bays assigned to them.
Justice L.A.M Folami said the injunction restraining the oil firm was pending hearing and determination of the substantive suit filed against it by Automatic fits and Segmat.
The two service firms had in Suit No: LD/ADR/2280/2019, sought an injunction of the court to restrain Total “and for such or further order that this honourable court may deem fit to make in the circumstance”.
Automatic Fit with over 400 workforce, adjudged Global Most Trusted Quality Automobile Care Services Company in 2018, is persuaded that the multinational company, through the threat to evict it from the Lube Bays assigned to it over 10 years ago, is out to exploit local content and throw the workers into labour market, hence had, alongside Segmat, approached the court to enforce their fundamental rights against the oil firm.
Consequent upon the injunction, lawyers to Automatic Fits and Segmat Springs, Oludare Falana of Nu Stream Solicitors, in a letter to Total Nigeria PLc Managing Director, Imran Barry, dated January 25, 2019, warned against “clandestine and deliberate activities by your agents to forcefully eject our client, its agents and workers from the lube bays assigned to it across Nigeria pursuant to the Lube Bay Management Agreement dated 1st November, 2016.
“Please note that the issue forms the basis of the above mentioned suit. Once a matter is sub-judice (i.e subject of litigation) as in the instant case, all parties are meant to steer clear of any action that may foist a fact accompli on the Honourable Court without treading the path of due process of the law.
“Take notice that our client and its agents will vehemently resist ant attempt by any of your staff, agents, servants and privies to forcefully eject or take over any of the Lube Bays assigned to it and in furtherance, it shall not hesitate to arrest and ensure the prosecution of any of your staff, agents, servants and privies that violate the order of the court made on January 25, 2019 or take laws into its hands during the pendency of this matter before the honourable court,” he advised Total.
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