Infectious Diseases Bill: Court bars House committee from probing bribery allegation

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday ordered the House of Representative to stop its investigation into the allegation of bribery against it pending when the House appears before the court.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo gave this order following an investigative hearing held by a House ad-hoc committee over an alleged $10 million inducement levelled against the House by the spokesperson of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), Ikenga Ugochinyere.

Ugochinyere had alleged without evidence that members of the House of Representatives were induced by the Bill Gates Foundation with a $10 million bribe to pass the controversial infectious diseases bill, a claim the foundation has denied.

The House then launched a probe into the allegation by setting up an ad-hoc committee headed by Henry Nwawuba (PDP, Imo).

The committee held its first hearing on Monday, having invited Ugochinyere and some media organisations.

Ugochinyere was represented by his legal counsel, Tochukwu Uhazurike at the hearing, but the committee rejected the representation, saying that arrangement was not in line with the rules of the House.

The case has been adjourned to May 27.

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