Infectious Diseases Bill not suspended by court – Reps

                               House of Reps Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila
The House of Representatives has disputed reports that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the suspension of the ongoing process of the consideration of the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill, 2020.

Chairman of the House Committee on Media, Benjamin Kalu, faulted the claims in a statement on Sunday.

He described the reports as a misrepresentation of facts, which has also misled Nigerians on the position of the count on the controversial bill.

According to the House spokesman, the applicant had by way of a motion ex-parte sought a court order suspending the consideration of the bill by the lawmakers.

He, however, stressed that the court declined to grant the reliefs sought by the applicant in order to enable the respondents in the case to appear before it and enter a defence.

Kalu said it was unfortunate that the purport of the interim order was wrongly reported, adding that the House intended to put the order of the court in a proper perspective.

He noted that the respondents have yet to be officially served with the processes in the said suit as directed by the court.

The lawmaker stressed that the House would continue to perform its lawful mandate without jeopardising its respect for the judiciary and the process of adjudication.

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