A lawsuit at a Federal High Court in Abuja against the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, among others, bill by former senator representing Kogi West senatorial district Senator Dino Melaye over over a controversial
According to Punch newspaper report the bill titled ‘Control of Infectious Diseases Bill 2020’, sponsored by Gbajabiamila and his colleagues, Pascal Obi and Tanko Sununu, which would give federal government power to convert any property in the country, including private properties, to isolation centres.
The bill is said to aim at stoping the spread of infections disease and some members of the house has since protested that they were not served copies of the bill while it was read at plenary on Tuesday before it hurriedly passed first and second readings on the same day, lawyers and many other Nigerians described the bill as draconian and suspicious.
Senator Malaye who express displeasure about the bill in a tweet and that he has taken legal action against Reps Speaker and others .
He said, “I have just filed a court action against the Speaker and House of Representatives on the wicked bill initiated by Hon Femi Gbajabiamila this morning at the Federal High Court Abuja. We shall overcome.”
The lawsuit which was numbered The document with Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/463/2020 defendants as Gbajabiamila; Malami; Adamu; the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori; the Clerk of the House of Representatives, Patrick Giwa.
The suit filed by Melaye is for enforcement of fundermental human right.
The suit stated that the “notice of application for an order enforcing fundamental rights (is) brought pursuant to Sections 34 (1), 35 37, 38, 40, 41 (1), 44, and 46 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as altered; (and) Articles 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12 and 14 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.”