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By Ise-Oluwa Ige
ABUJAâ€”A Federal high court sitting in Abuja has fixed November 26, this year for hearing in a lawsuit instituted by a Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Bamidele Aturu, to stop the Federal Government from going ahead with its plan to deregulate the downstream sector of the petroleum industry.
The Federal Government had earlier said the planned deregulation would kick off on November 1, this year but later became evasive when the public expressed revulsion at the policy.
The Administrative Chief Judge of the Abuja Federal high court, Justice Adamu Bello who is already assigned to hear the case has invited the principal parties in the matter, including the Petroleum Minister vide a hearing notice to defend the suit.
Others who are expected to either appear in person or by their counsel include the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Minister of Commerce and Tourism.
All of them were named as defendants in the lawsuit instituted by Aturu.
In the suit commenced by Aturu at the Abuja Federal high court vide an originating summons, he is contending that deregulating the oil sector without controlling, first, the prices of petroleum products as planned by government was not only illegal but also anti-masses.
Aturu is inviting the court to declare as illegal, unlawful, null and void the policy decision of the Federal Government to deregulate the downstream sector of the petroleum industry by not fixing the prices at which petroleum products may be sold in Nigeria.
He is also seeking an injunctive order restraining the government from going ahead with the implementation of the policy.