Again, MSSN wins case on usage of hijab in Lagos schools


Another round of victory has come the way of Muslim students in Lagos State, as the Court of Appeal strikes out a motion sponsored by Lagos State Government seeking an injunction to stop hijab usage in the state schools.

The Amir (President) of Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, (MSSN) Lagos State Area Unit, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, applauded the judgement, saying that the favourable outcome was expected.

The case, CA/L/135/15, is between Lagos State Government, Miss Asiyat AbdulKareem (through her father), Miss Moriam Oyeniyi and Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria.

The struck motion was seeking the court to stop the use of hijab in public and secondary schools in Lagos State pending the ruling of the Supreme Court on the matter. After hearing from both parties, the presiding justice, Muhammad Lawal Garba, struck out the motion.

With the current ruling, students in public primary and secondary schools in Lagos State can now wear hijab to school without harassment unless the Supreme Court rules otherwise.

Earlier, the Lagos State Government on Thursday, July 21, 2016 lost at the Court of Appeal when a full panel of the court gave approval to the Muslim students to use hijab to school.

Ashafa said, the judgement will further strengthen fundamental human rights as enshrined in the constitution.

He stated that the MSSN Lagos would not entertain any act or form of harassment after the current judgement.

“We applaud the judgement as this is not unexpected. The position of the law is very clear on the subject matter. This matter once more assured us that all hope is not lost on having a redeemed society.”

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