Thursday, 21 July 2016

Lagos Hijab: Court of Appeal delivers judgement today

The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos State will today deliver judgement on whether or not students in public primary and secondary schools in Lagos State should be allowed to put on Hijab (Muslims headscarf) with their school uniforms. In a hearing notice made available by the court, the judgement would be delivered in Court Two by nine o’clock. 

The special panel of the Court of Appeal set up to hear the case had previously reserved its judgement on Friday, May 27. During the panel hearing, the presiding justice, A.B. Gumel, also asked parties involved in the case to update their defence documents. 

Other Justices in the five-man panel set up by President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa are Justice M. Fasanmi, Justice A. Jauro, Justice J.S. Ikejegh and Justice Jombo Ofor. The case is between Asiyat Kareem (Minor) suing through Mr. AbdulKareem Raji; Mariam Oyeniyi through Mr. Sulaimon Oyeniyi; and Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit, and Lagos State Government (LASG) and others, who were the respondents. Justice Amina Augie earlier affirmed that granting of right to Muslim students to wear Hijab in Lagos State schools needed constitutional interpretation.

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