Kaduna State High Court yesterday declared the Preaching Regulatory Bill passed by the House of Assembly illegal.
According to the court, the bill is a gross violation of fundamental human rights which guarantees freedom of association and freedom of religion.
The presiding judge, Justice D. Gwadah, said that the bill is inconsistent with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).
The judge said the passage of the bill, despite the pending court proceedings and the subsisting court injunction restraining the action, “is an affront to this honourable court”.
The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) in Kaduna had instituted a case against Governor Nasiru El-Rufai, the house and the Attorney General of the state on the bill intended to issue licences to religious leaders.
Addressing newsmen after the judgment lead counsel to PFN S. A. Akani, said: “Our grave concern is that you can’t license our pastors. How many of them do you want to license? Now court has agreed with our claims. For us, we are excited and we are glad because by the time you setup a committee to issue license to people at the local government. If you don’t like my face, you won’t give me license. As far as am concerned, we have won. My clients do not need licence to preach.”
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