COVID-19: Falana tells NASS to seek legal advice on disease bill

COVID-19: Falana tells NASS to seek legal advice on disease bill

- A senior Nigerian lawyer, Femi Falana, has faulted the National Health Emergency bill before the Senate

- Falana made the statement on Monday, June 8, during a television programme

- The lawyer said in his view the bill was unnecessary, unwarranted and superfluous

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A senior Nigerian lawyer, Femi Falana, has described the National Health Emergency bill before lawmakers in the Senate as unconstitutional.

Falana made the statement on Monday, June 8, during a programme on Channels Television.

The lawyer said the bill was unnecessary and asked members of the National Assembly to seek the opinion of legal experts before coming up with bills.

The lawyer said in his view the bill is unwarranted and superfluous. He said there was a high chance that the bill will be challenged if passed.

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Meanwhile, Dino Melaye, a former lawmaker representing Kogi West, has warned the public against the "obnoxious, criminal and anti-people" infectious diseases prohibition and control bill.

In a lengthy post on his Facebook page, the former lawmaker said that should the bill scale through the tricky hurdle of the public hearing, "people's properties would be confiscated as isolation centres with no provision for compensation.

Melaye gave the warning against the backdrop of the public hearing to be organised by the House of Representatives on Wednesday, June 10, over the controversial bill.

The former senator likened the bill to waste of taxpayer money, wondering why the lower chamber could not build and amend the 2004 Infectious Disease Act reviewed by the House from the 1926 Quarantine Act.

The lawmaker further stressed that the bill being powered by the House of Representatives is against the 1999 constitution.

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He said that the bill gives the NCDC, Nigeria's disease control agency, "wild powers to stop any meeting it doesn't like including sealing up of churches.

In another report, Nigeria's iconic musician, Chief Bongos Ikwue, has called on Nigerian and world leaders to find a way to appease the earth over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chief Ikwue gave the message at the weekend, to commemorate his 78th birthday anniversary, which was held at a low key ceremony in Otukpo, Benue state.

In an open letter titled 'COVID-19: Now the Earth is crying, we have to listen', the music legend stated that the only solution to the global scourge was for the government and privileged individuals to share what they have got with the less privileged in the society.

Still on health, a member of the House of Representatives, Gudaji Kazaure, has said he does not believe in the existence of coronavirus.

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Kazaure made the statement during deliberations on the floor of the House as seen in a video by OAK TV.

The lawmaker who represents Kazaure/Roni/Gwiwa/Yankwashi/constituency of Jigawa state questioned why Nigeria is not taking the issue of bandit attacks seriously.

He argued that the killings by bandits in a single day can surpass the number of people killed by COVID-19.

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