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JUST IN: Dino Melaye sues Gbajabiamila over NCDC bill

By Monsuru Olowoopejo
The controversies trailing the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) bill took another twist on Monday with former chairman, senate committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Dino Melaye, dragging the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, before a court over the bill.
Melaye, who had since the presentation of the bill on the floor of House of Representatives kicked against the plan, filed a suit before a Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday.
The former chairman, who lost his Kogi Central senatorial re-election bid to Smart Adeyemi, disclosed the suit, which was said to have been filed on behalf of Nigerians that will be affected by the bill, on his official social media handle.
He said: “I have just filed a court action against the Speaker and House of Representatives on the wicked bill initiated by Hon Femi Gbajabiamila this morning at the Federal High Court Abuja. We shall overcome”.

The case with suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/463/2020 was filed by the lawmaker in pursuant of his fundamental human rights to the dignity of his person, personal liberty, right to private and family life, right to freedom of movement and to own immovable property in Nigeria.

While expressing his opinion about the proposed bill, Melaye noted that the bill contravenes sections of the Nigerian constitution and further described it as “Not a holy bill, Satanic, and can as well be christened the bill Gates bill”.

According to him, the bill contravenes section 34, right to liberty of human persons, S35 that talks about human dignity and chapter four which addresses fundamental human rights.

Melaye further argued that should this bill pull through, then Nigerians are moving to police controlled state.

He also noted S13 of Nigeria constitution which makes provisions against any law not in compliance with or is in conflict with the constitution of Nigeria, to the extent of its inconsistency, to be pronounced null and void.

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