A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers state’s capital, has overruled an Edo state policy that prohibits all residents who have not taken COVID19 vaccines from accessing churches, mosques, banks, event centres and other public places from mid-September.
In a press conference held last week, the governor of the state announced that residents who have not been vaccinated will not be allowed access to public places like churches, mosques, banks, etc.
According to him
''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
The directive was challenged in court by some residents of the state who opposed it.
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.
Justice Stephen Dalyop Pam of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt granted the orders. As a result, the case was adjourned until September 10 for a hearing on the substantive motion.