Infectious Disease Bill suffers setback as judge withdraws from suit by CUPP

Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Monday withdrew from hearing the suit filed by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) and its spokesperson, Ikenga Ugochinyere.

Ugochinyere, who filed the case against Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, challenged the ongoing moves by the lawmakers to summon him before the House ad hoc committee.

The committee led by Henry Nwawuba was set up to probe the $10 million bribery allegation.

The CUPP spokesman had alleged that the leadership of the House collected $10 million bribe from Bill Gates to pass the Infectious Disease Bill that is before the House.

Not pleased with the allegation, the leadership of the House set up a committee to investigate it.

After the house action, Ugochinyere rushed to the court to stop the probe of the Infectious Disease Bill.

Meanwhile, the speaker, through his counsel, Mr Kayode Ajulo, filed a preliminary objection to challenge the suit.

At the resumed hearing, the judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, frowned on what he described as misrepresentation of facts in the matter.

After expressing his displeasure, the judge then withdrew from the matter and returned the case file to the Chief Judge for reassignment.

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