UI International School Hijab Crisis: Court Fixes March 22 For Report Of Settlement

Justice Laniran Akintola of the Oyo State High Court 9 in Ibadan, the state capital has fixed March 22 for report of settlement in a suit filed by parents of some female Muslim students of University of Ibadan International School Ibadan (ISI) over denial on use of Hijab.

It could be recalled that some parents of some Muslim students of ISI sued the school authority on behalf of their wards for allowing them to wear hijab on their school uniform, thus, violating the fundamental human right of their wards.

 The Muslim parents who filed the suit on behalf of their children are Taofeek Yekinni, Idris Badiru, Sikiru Babarinde, Muideen Akerele, Abdurrahman Balogun and nine others.

Also joined as respondents in the suit are the University of Ibadan, Principal of the school, Mrs Phebean Olowe and the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics) University of Ibadan who doubles as the Chairman of the Board of Governors in the school, Professor Yinka Aderinto.

The claimants want the court to declare the continuous denial of the authority of ISI to allow the female Muslim students from wearing hijab on their school uniform as wrongful and unconstitutional.  

Akintola fixed the date on Wednesday after listened to the steps taken by parties on the advice given to them at the previous sitting by the judge to try to settle the matter out of court.

 “We should all savage the situation together and am sure the matter can be amicably resolved.

“The matter is adjourn to March 22 for report of settlement and mention”. 

Counsel to the claimants, Dr Abdulwahab Egbewole (SAN) had earlier told the court that parties as been trying to meet to see how the matter can be settle out of court.

Egbewole said that the parties had agreed to meet after the court sitting of Wednesday.

Counsel to the 1st and 4th respondents, Mrs Oluwatobi Ola and other respondents counsel confirmed the position of the claimants counsel.

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