- A suit by Melaye against infectious disease bill has been thrown out by the court
- The judge said that her court lacked the jurisdiction to hear and determine the case
- She said the bill cannot be challenged until it becomes a law
Dino Melaye has lost out as the Federal High Court in Abuja, dismissed his suit challenging some provisions of the controversial Control of Infectious Diseases Bill 2020.
The case was ruled on by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, NAN reports.
According to her, her court lacked the jurisdiction to hear and determine issues raised in the suit.
Going further, she also struck out the name of the IGP as a party to the case. She said this is on the grounds that the plaintiff failed to disclose any cause of action against him.
Ojukwu also upheld the preliminary objection filed against the suit by the respondents.
She added that the issues raised in the suit were not justiciable, as a Bill could not be a subject of litigation until it becomes law.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that popular American billionaire and philanthropist, Bill Gates, has denied media reports claiming he offered a $10 million incentive to Nigeria's House of Representatives to ensure the passage of the Bill.
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."
Meanwhile, the House of Reps committee probing the alleged bribery has invited the spokesman of the Coalition of United Political Parties, (CUPP), Ikenga Ugochinyere, to present the evidence of the alleged inducement.
Ugochinyere was given up till this Thursday, May 21, to appear before the committee or face parliamentary contempt.
Recall that the CUPP spokesman had on May 4, 2020, in a statement alleged that the House of Reps and its leadership had received a financial inducement to the tune of $10 million to “rush the passage of the bill.”
Ugochinyere was asked to be present himself and his evidence instead of sending his lawyer to the lower legislative chamber.
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