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Lawyers Sue FG Over COVID-19 Certification Policy



Following the FG’s directive that employees are to show prove of COVID-19 vaccination, Lawyers of the Advocates for Peoples Rights and Justice have filed a fundamental rights enforcement suit against the federal government over the COVID-19 certification policy announced for government workers.

Recall that the federal government had announced that from December 1, 2021, its employees shall be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test result done within 72 hours, to gain access to their offices, in all locations within Nigeria and missions.

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In the fundamental rights suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja, the National Coordinator, Victor Giwa Esq, the CSO contended that the policy is a violation of Section 37 of the Nigerian Constitution,1999.

The CSO contends that every citizen has a right to privacy of his medical status within their exclusive preserve, adding the policy of display of the certificate is a patent exposure of the private information, which violates medical privacy and other international conventions.

“It’s our position that the government should stop such policy as it violates the rights of the citizens especially exposing the citizens to all forms of embarrassment. It also infringes the right of citizens to free movement access to public institutions, public information and assembly as enshrined under section 39, 40, and 41,” he said.

“Accordingly we have instituted an action against the federal government with the Attorney General and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) as parties.

“They are to stay action on the implementation of the directive against the civil servants or any member of the public until the determination of the suit, with Suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/1506/2021. Copy of the suit filled at the federal high court , Abuja is available for your view. All citizens should await the court pronouncement on this matter.”

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