Some pastors have staged a protest against the Edo State Government’s decision to stop people that have not taken the COVID-19 vaccines from attending church services.
In a picture obtained by SaharaReporters on Monday, a group of clerics with their leader were seen sitting on the ground, and carrying placards with different inscriptions.
SaharaReporters had reported how a government circular surfaced recently which indicated that the state government through the Head of Service had mandated civil servants across the state to either take the vaccines or stay from office.
A suit was filed by one Charles Osaretin marked FHC/PH/FHR/266/2021 against the governor and five others at a Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital.
The applicant through his counsel, Echezona Etiaba, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), had 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.
The judge, Stephen Dalyop Pam, who granted the orders as prayed adjourned the suit till September 10 for a hearing of the substantive motion.
The state governor, Godwin Obaseki, was restrained from enforcing compulsory COVID-vaccination directive, restricting unvaccinated persons from attending mass gatherings from September.
Some leaders of the Christian faith in the state led a protest against the government’s compulsory COVID-19 vaccination directive, which makes the presentation of vaccination certificates a ticket to access public places.