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El-Rufai Loses As Court Slams His Religious Regulatory Bill

The governor of Kaduna State has been thrown off balance when a Kaduna State High Court ruled that the plan by the Kaduna State government to issue licences to the pastors of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) using the Religious Regulatory Bill is a gross violation of their fundamental human rights.

The fundamental right guarantees freedom of association and freedom of religion, as well as right to spread one’s faith, without inhibition.

The presiding judge, Hon Justice D. Gwadah further also slammed the Kaduna State House of Assembly for passing the Bill.

He noted that the actions of the House of Assembly in proceeding to pass the bill into law despite the pending court proceedings and the subsisting court injunction restraining the action, “is an affront to this honourable court”.

Thus, inconsistent with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), he thereby declared the Bill illegal, null and void.

The Kaduna State government is yet to react to the judgement.

The case was instituted by the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) Kaduna chapter since 2016 against Kaduna State Governor (Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai), Kaduna State House of Assembly and the Attorney General of Kaduna State over the Kaduna State Religious Regulatory Bill.

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