A Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has restrained the Edo State Government and its Governor, Godwin Obaseki, from forcing residents of the state to take Covid-19 vaccine, Radio Nigeria monitored in Abuja reported on Tuesday.

The station reported on Tuesday that the court, in a suite dated August 30, 2021, ordered the governor, the Edo State government and three other respondents, 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 suit, the report said, was filed on behalf of the applicant, Charles Osaretin, by Echezona Etiaba (SAN).

Governor Obaseki had said recently in Benin, the Edo State capital, that the state’s residents would be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before they would be allowed into public places like churches, mosques, and malls.

The case, which has been adjourned to September 10 for hearing of the substantive motion, was heard by a vacation judge, Stephen Pam.

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