OrderPaperToday – The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Tuesday, quashed the request of Senator Dino Melaye seeking to stop the National Assembly from considering the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill, 2020.
The former Senator who represented Kogi West, on May 4, dragged the National Assembly and three others before the court over the bill currently before the House of Representatives.
Melaye argued that, the bill if passed into law as it is now, would breach or likely breach his fundamental rights as provided for in the Nigerian Constitution.
He said the content of the bill is against his freedom to human dignity as enshrined in Articles 4, 6,7,10,11,12 and 14 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights Ratification and Enforcement) Act Cap A9 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, Articles 2(3),7,8,9,12,17,21 and 22 of The International Covenant On Civil And Political Rights,1976, Articles 3,5,8,9,10,12,13,17 and 20 of the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights, 1948.
He therefore urged the Court to stop further consideration on the bill describing it as illegal, wrongful and unconstitutional which amount to flagrant abuse of his fundamental rights and that of Nigerians.
While delivering judgement on the matter, Justice Ijeoma Chukwu held that the Court does not have jurisdiction over a bill that is still undergoing legislative process.
“The court does not have the power to distort the process until it is passed, what has not been passed cannot violate any law,” she submitted.