Senator Dino Melaye has filed a lawsuit against the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and two others, Pascal Obi and Tanko Sununu, over the controversial ‘Infectious Diseases Bill’, which has passed second reading.
This was made known by Dino Melaye on Twitter not quite long, as he wrote;
“COVID-19 VACCINE: 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.
-Distinguished Senator Dino Melaye”
The controversial bill which is being sponsored by Gbajabiamila was said to have been designed to prevent the spread of a possible outbreak of infectious diseases in Nigeria.
The bill seeks amongst other things, to empower the Minister of Health to convert any building into an Isolation center during a pandemic or health crisis while the police would be able to arrest any individual suffering from infectious disease without a warrant.
The bill also proposes for a police officer to have the power to arrest, quarantine violators without warrant.
Subsection 4 of the bill reads;
“A Health Officer or a police officer may take any action that is necessary to give effect to an order under subsection (3),” while subsection 5 reads, “Any person who, without reasonable excuse, contravenes an order under subsection (3) shall be guilty of an offence.”
The bill also prescribe a six months jail term for violators of NCDC’s quarantine order.
Section 13 of the bill also sought to give the NCDC Director-General the power to order the isolation of people having or suspected to have an infectious disease for a period of time subject to the discretion of the DG.
It added that such persons, including those who have recently recovered or being treated for such a disease, remain in isolation or be treated in their own dwelling place.
Source: News update