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Hijab Dispute: Absence of judge stalls right infringement case

MURIC is challenging the management of International School Ibadan, for preventing 11 female Muslim students from wearing the hijab.

• November 22, 2022
International School Ibadan

The absence of Justice Moshood Ishola of the Oyo State High Court on Tuesday stalled the case challenging the prohibition of wearing a Hijab by female Muslim students of the International School Ibadan (ISI).

The case was recently transferred from Justice Ladiran Akintola, who was previously handling the matter, to Mr Ishola.

The enforcement of a fundamental human rights suit was instituted by Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) and 11 female Muslim students of ISI, University of Ibadan, against the school management.

The claimants are Farida Moshood, Alkifah Dopesi, Raheemah Akinlusi, Aliya Dopesi, Imam Akinoso, Hamdalat Olusunde, Aliyah Adebayo, Moriddiya Yekinni, Iklas Badiru, Adeola Babarinde and Faridah Chidinma.

Other respondents in the suit are the school principal, Phebean Olowe, the chairman, Board of Governors, Abideen Aderinto and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics), Olalekan Jeremiah, Babatunde Okolo, Lukman Ajibade, Tunde Aro, and Fatumise Abey

Counsel to the students and MURIC, Hassan Fajimite and Yusuf Alikulapo, respectively, and other counsel in the case, unanimously picked January 10, 2023, for hearing of the matter.

It would be recalled that the claimants’ counsel, in his originating summon, argued that the action of the school’s management violated the claimants’ right to freedom of thought, religion and right to education as contained in section 38 (1)(a) and 42(1)(a) of the constitution.

Mr Fajimite urged the court to declare the continuous denial of female Muslim students of ISI from wearing hijabs on their school uniform by the school’s management as wrongful and unconstitutional. 


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