Hijab: Court Adjourns UI School Case Till January 11th

The case involving some Muslims parents of female students of the University of Ibadan International School and the school management over the denial of the students the right to adorn Hijab has been adjourned till January 11th, 2019 by Justice Ladiran Akintola of Court 9 in the Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan.

It could be recalled that some students through their parents had on Monday December 3rd, dragged the school management and its Principal, Mrs. Phebean Olowe before the state high Court for banning the use of Hijab in the school. 

Also joined in the suit number M/706/2018 are Chairman of the Board of Governors of the school, Professor Yinka Aderinto who is also the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan and the University of Ibadan.

 The Muslim parents among whom were Taofeek Oyedej Yekinni on behalf of Moridiyyah Ayoka Yekinni, Idris Badiru on behalf of Ikhlas Badiru, Sikiru Babatunde on behalf of Mahmudah Babarinde, Muideen Akerele on behalf of Faridah Akerele, Bello Dokpesi on behalf of Aakifah and Aakiyah Dokpesi have dragged the defendants to court over the denial of their wards to wear Hijab.

Others were Rahman Akinoso on behalf of Iman Akinoso, Muhaiminudeen Akinlusi on behalf of Raheemah Akinlusi, Abdulwasiu Moshood on behalf of Faridah Moshood, Dr. Olatunde Olosunde on behalf of Hamdallah Olosunde, Abdulsakur Adebayo on behalf of Aliyah Adebayo and Abdulrahman Balogun, Ridwan Ademola and Bolaji Ajani on behalf of Muslim Parents of the school argued that continues denial of the 1st to 11th applicants the right to use Hijab on their school uniform within the premises of the school is unconstitutional, therefore, constitutes violation of the applicants rights to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

But, Akintola while speaking on the matter at the court on Friday said the need to adjourn the case for mention was to give all the parties involved in the case fair hearing. 

The judge after listening to counsel to the plaintiffs, Mr. Hassan Fajimite and defendants Mr. Babatunde Ajibade adjourned the case till January 11th for mention. 

Fajimite while addressing journalists said, “Is enforcement of fundamental human rights of some Muslim students of University of Ibadan International school Ibadan, who have sued the school, the principal, University of ibadan and Chairman of the governing council of the school through their fathers. 

“They are seeking order of the court to enforce their right as Muslims to put on Hijab on their various school uniforms. 

Fajimite while speaking on some people who applied to the court to be joined as interested party added that the law allows them to do so but, he also has the right to either conceded or against the application. 

“Yes, the law allows anybody who has an interest in an existing matter to apply to the court to be joined and subject to the fact that are made available to the court through their affidavit in support, the court could grant such an application.

“Of course, one of the such application, or intended application has been served on me this morning in court, about 9.19 am while the court is sitting. I am obliged and has been trained to study that application before I can make my response whether to oppose it or to concede”  

But, Mr. Ajibade who represented the defendants declined to comment on the matter when journalists at the court asked for his comment. 

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