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Published On: Fri, Sep 26th, 2014

Court rules on hijab in Lagos schools today

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Hijab vs LibertyBy Suleiman Idris with agency report

An Ikeja High Court in Lagos state, will be delivering judgment on Friday, on whether or not hijab (Muslim headscarf) should be allowed in public primary and secondary schools in the state.

The judgement is expected to be delivered by Justice Grace Modupe Onyeabo, who had, after hearing both the complainant (Muslim Students of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit) and defendants (Lagos State Government) argued their cases on Friday, July 4.

The pronouncement to give the final judgment came after the case was adjourned for about five times, most of which came on applications by counsel for the state government.

It would be recalled that the Lagos State Government had banned the use of hijab on the argument that it was not part of the approved school uniform for pupils.

After the ban, the students group proceeded to court to seek redress and protect pupils from being flogged, embarrassed, and victimised for using hijab within and outside school premises.

 

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