- The police IG and the DSS have been ordered not to arrest Ikenga Ugochinyere
- According to the court, the directives of the House of Reps should be ignored
- Ugochinyere had alleged that the House collected bribe to pass the Infectious Disease Bill
The inspector-general of police and the director-general of the Department of State Services (DSS) have been ordered not to take action against spokesman of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), Ikenga Ugochinyere.
The order was issued by Justice Othman Musa of the FCT high court.
According to Justice Othman Musa, who gave the order, the police and DSS should not give effect to the directives of the House of Representatives to arrest Ugochinyere.
The court further admonished parties to the suit not to take any further steps in defiance of the court order as any such order shall be void.
The court then adjourned the matter to Wednesday, June 17, for definite hearing.
Reacting to the ruling, Ugochinyere declared the ruling was another milestone victory for democracy and rule of law, right to free speech and a deadly blow to tyranny.
He said it was very unfortunate that the House of Representatives which had always been the bastion of democracy had been reduced to a shadow of itself.
It would be recalled that the House of Representatives had passed a resolution directing the Inspector General of Police and the Director-General of the DSS to arrest the opposition spokesperson.
Legit.ng had reported that popular American billionaire and philanthropist, Bill Gates, denied media reports claiming he offered a $10 million incentive to Nigeria's House of Representatives to ensure the passage of the controversial Control of Infectious Diseases Bill, 2020.
Gates denied the reports through the country representative of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr Pauliu Basinga.
The philanthropist said there was no interaction in whatever means between him or his foundation and the House of Reps.
He said: "such allegations are entirely false and without merit. To be clear, the foundation has not offered any financial incentives to any member of Nigeria’s legislative branch for the passage of legislation nor has it offered any grants to organisations in Nigeria in connection with the same."
Recall that the Femi Gbajabiamila has reacted to the controversies generated by the proposed Control of Infectious Diseases bill which he sponsored.
There has been a social media outrage where some Nigerians are calling for an outright rejection of the bill, saying it is against democratic principles.
There are also allegations that the bill is a product of inducement by foreign interests who want to "turn Nigerians into guinea pigs for medical research while taking away their fundamental human rights".
However, in his remarks at the floor of the House on Tuesday, May 5, Gbajabiamila said the bill is still a proposal subject to consideration, amendment and improvement.
Legit.ng had reported also that the House set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate bribery allegations levelled against it by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) on Monday, May 4.
The lawmakers took the decision on Tuesday, May 5 while adopting a motion by the deputy speaker, Honourable Ahmed Wase at plenary.
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