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Port Harcourt Court Restrains Obaseki from Implementing COVID Regulations

Godwin Obaseki.

A Port Harcourt Federal High Court has issued an order restraining Governor Godwin Obaseki from implementing his COVID regulations come September 1st.

The Governor had earlier announced that access to worship centres and other public gatherings will be restricted to only those who have been vaccinated.

Banks, markets, mosques and churches were all to be restricted from the unvaccinated.

Obaseki had said, “From the second week of September, people may not be allowed to worship in churches and mosques without showing proof of their vaccination cards at the gates. Similarly, people will not be allowed to event centres, receptions or parties, without showing proof of their vaccination cards.”

“People will not be allowed to access banking services from the middle of September 2021, if they are not vaccinated.”

Consequently, one Charles Osaretin filed a suit marked FHC/PH/FHR/266/2021 against the governor and five others.

According to The Cable, the applicant through his counsel, Echezona Etiaba, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), asked 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.

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