Edo: Court Stops Governor Obaseki From Enforcing Compulsory COVID-19 Vaccine Directive

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The court directed Obaseki and the Edo government not to enforce a directive requiring all residents to be vaccinated before entering certain areas of the state.

Godwin Obaseki and the Edo government had planned to enforce COVID-19 in the state. However, the Federal High Court of Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, has halted their plans.

Court-ordered Obaseki and Edo governments to stop enforcing a directive that all residents who have not taken COVID-19 vaccines will be barred from accessing churches and mosques, banks, event centers, and other public places from mid-September onwards.

On August 30, 2021, Charles Osaretin filed a lawsuit against the Governor and five others, with reference number: FHC/PH/FHR/266/2021.

Attorney Echezona Etiaba, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, urged the court to order the parties to keep things as they are until hearing and determination of this motion on notice was completed.

It’s a matter of enforcing the applicant’s fundamental human rights and getting permission from the court to serve the respondents by publishing their court proceedings in a national daily newspaper in Nigeria,

Justice Stephen Dalyop Pam, the FHC Port Harcourt Vacation Judge, granted the orders.

On September 10th, the court will hear the substantive motion.

From the second week of September 2021, only those who have received at least one dose/jab of the vaccine will be allowed to attend large gatherings.

It will be illegal to enter worship centers (churches and mosques), event centers, and receptions without proof of vaccination cards starting in the second week of September 2021.”

In the middle of September 2021, those who have not been vaccinated will no longer be able to access banking services.

Vaccination against COVID-19 will be a priority for the state government, according to Obaseki, who said the goal is to vaccinate 60% of the population by 2022.

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