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COVID-19 Vaccine: Court Restrains Edo State Government, Governor Obaseki




The duo of Governor Godwin Obaseki and the Edo State government have been restrained from enforcing a compulsory COVID-19 vaccine usage in the state.


Recall that the Edo State government had last week announced that it had plans to restrict all residents who had not taken COVID19 vaccines from accessing churches, mosques, banks, event centres and other public places from the middle of September.


While speaking at a Press Conference, Governor Obaseki said:

”From the second week of September 2021, large gatherings will only be accessed by those who have at least taken one dose/jab of the vaccine.

“From the second week of September 2021, people will not be allowed into worship centres (churches and mosques), event centres, and receptions without showing proof of the vaccination cards.

“From the middle of September 2021, you can no longer access the banking services, if you have not been vaccinated.”Governor Obaseki had said.


Following the development, resident of the state approached a court to stop the plan of the state government.


A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, granted an order restraining Governor Godwin Obaseki and the Edo state government from the action.


At the hearing of the suit with reference number: FHC/PH/FHR/266/2021 filed by Charles Osaretin, against the Governor and five others dated August 30, 2021, the applicant’s lead counsel, Echezona Etiaba, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), urged the court to order parties to maintain status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice, for the enforcement of the applicant’s fundamental human rights and for the leave of court to serve the respondents by publishing the court’s processes in a national daily newspaper circulating in Nigeria.


The orders were granted by the Vacation Judge at the FHC, Port Harcourt, Justice Stephen Dalyop Pam. The court subsequently adjourned the case till September 10 for a hearing of the substantive motion.


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