A suit filed by a former Kogi West senator, Dino Melaye, has been dismissed by the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday.
The suit challenged some provisions of the controversial Control of Infectious Diseases Bill 2020, widely referred to as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control Bill.
According to The Punch, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu upheld the notices of preliminary objection filed against the suit for lack of jurisdiction to hear it.
As the bill could not be a subject of litigation until it is signed into law, the judge who did not bother to consider the case on merit held that the issue raised in it was not justiciable.
Melaye had on May 5, 2020, filed the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/463/2020, urging the court to delete sections 5, 8, 15, 16 and 17 of the bill 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.