Hijab ban trial is delayed, the judge not present

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The case contesting the International School Ibadan’s ban on female Muslim students wearing the hijab was put on hold on Tuesday due to Justice Moshood Ishola of the Oyo State High Court’s absence.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Justice Ishola recently took over the case from Justice Ladiran Akintola, who had been handling it before.

The Muslim Rights Concern and 11 female Muslim students from the ISI, University of Ibadan, filed the Enforcement of Fundamental Human Rights suit against the school administration.

Alkifah Dopesi, Raheemah Akinlusi, Aliya Dopesi, Imam Akinoso, Hamdalat Olusunde, Aliyah Adebayo, Moriddiya Yekinni, Iklas Badiru, Adeola Babarinde, and Faridah Chidinma are the claimants.
The school’s principal, Mrs. Phebean Olowe, the Board of Governors’ chairman, Prof. Abideen Aderinto, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics), Dr. Olalekan Jeremiah, Prof. Babatunde Okolo, Lukman Ajibade, Tunde Aro, and Fatumise Abey are all additional respondents in the lawsuit.
The case was scheduled to be heard by Justice Ishola when the proceedings resumed, but it could not because the judge was absent.

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The attorneys for the students and MURIC, Mr. Hassan Fajimite and Mr. Yusuf Alikulapo, respectively, as well as all other attorneys involved in the case, agreed to set the hearing date for January 10, 2023.

Hassan Fajimite, the claimants’ attorney, argued in his originating summons that the school administration’s actions violated the claimants’ rights to freedom of speech, religion, and education under Sections 38 (1)(a) and 42(1)(a) of the Constitution.

Fajimite urged the court to declare the school administration’s ongoing refusal to allow female Muslim students at the ISI to wear the hijab as part of their school uniform as wrong and unconstitutional.

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