The suit filed by Sen. Dino Melaye over the Infectious Diseases Bill has suffered a setback on Wednesday as a Federal High Court in Abuja rejected his request to restrain the House of Representatives from continuing the consideration of the bill.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, in her ruling, refused to grant the order because the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila who is the third defendant in the suit, had yet to be served with the court documents. Ojukwu therefore adjourned the suit till June 1 for further hearing.
The lawmaker instituted the suit on May 5, 2020 and asked the court to declare that some sections of the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill 2020, currently being debated on the floor of the House of Representatives are draconian, oppressive and authoritarian.
He wants the court to also declare that the Bill is in breach of his fundamental rights as provided for in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).