Court strikes out Melaye's suit against infectious disease control bill 2020

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The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed a suit filed by a former Kogi West senator, Dino Melaye, challenging some provisions of the controversial Control of Infectious Diseases Bill 2020, widely referred to as the NCDC Bill.

Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu upheld the notices of preliminary objection filed against the suit for lack of jurisdiction to hear it.

 

The judge held that the issue raised in it was not justiciable, as the bill could not be a subject of litigation until it is signed into law.

 

Melaye had asked the court to delete sections 5, 8, 15, 16 and 17 of the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill 2020, which he said constituted a violation or would likely violate his rights under the Nigerian Constitution, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights as well the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.

 

Some of the provisions seek to empower the NCDC to take over any premises and turn them into isolation centres without compensation for the owner and also seeks to arrest and detain a suspected infected person with his or her consent.

 

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