A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has quashed plans by Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki, to enforce compulsory COVID-19 vaccination directive.

Obaseki was ordered not to enforce a no entry policy to churches, mosques, banks and other public places on residents who have not taken the COVID-19 vaccine.

The applicant’s lead counsel, Echezona Etiaba, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), while making his case in the suit filed by Charles Osaretin, against the Governor and five others dated August 30, 2021, implored the court to order parties to maintain status quo pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.

The orders were granted by the Vacation Judge at the Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, Justice Stephen Dalyop Pam and the case was subsequently adjourned to September 10 for a hearing of the substantive motion.

Obaseki had put plans in motion to ensure that people who have not been vaccinated will be barred from large gatherings and public places from mid-September.

Obaseki had proposed“ 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.

The Governor aimed at ensuring 60 percent of Edo State population were vaccinated by 2022, declaring that the State government will push for COVID-19 vaccination to build immunity.

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