Infectious Disease Bill: Dino Melaye Loses Court Battle

Whatsapp News

A Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected a suit by Senator Dino Melaye, challenging some provisions of the controversial Control of Infectious Diseases Bill 2020, also referred as the National Centre for Control () Bill.

The court presided over by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu on Tuesday held her court lacked the jurisdiction hear and determine issues raised in the suit by Melaye, who represented Kogi South District in the Eight .

Justice Ojukwu upheld the preliminary objection filed against the suit by the respondent.

The of the view the issues raised in suit justiciable, as a Bill could be a subject of litigation until it becomes law.

Listed as respondents the suit are the Clerk of the National Assembly, the Clerk of the House of , the Speaker of the House of , the Attorney- of the Federation (AGF) and the Inspector- of Police (IGP).

Justice Ojukwu struck out the name of the IGP as a party to the case, on the grounds the plaintiff failed to disclose any cause of action against him.

Melaye had on 5, 2020, filed the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/463/2020, urging the court to delete sections 5, 8, 15, 16 and 17 of the bill which he said constituted a violation or would likely violate his rights the Nigerian , the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights as well the Declaration of Human Rights.

The plaintiff had faulted provisions of the Bill seeking to empower the Director- of the to compel anyone to take medical examination or treatment and also collect the blood sample of such person in the case of a public health emergency.

He queried the provision to empower the to take over any premises and turn them into isolation centres without compensation for the owner.

Details shortly.