Muslim Students Now Allowed To Wear Hijab In Lagos Public Schools – Appeal Court


Yesterday, the court of appeal granted Muslim students the right to wear Hijab in Lagos state, automatically nullifying the 2014 verdict of a Lagos High Court, which banned the wearing of hijab by the pupils
According to Justice A.S. Gumel, who presided over a five man panel, upholding the ban against hijab wearing, would amount to discrimination on religious ground.
The appeal was filed under the aegis of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Area Unit, the appeal was filed by Asiyat Kareem and Mariam oyeniyi,  female pupils of  Atunrase Junior High School in Surulere.
In the lead judgement Justice Gumel held:
The wearing of hijab is an Islamic injunction and also an act of worship,” hence it will constitute a clear violation of the appellants’ constitutionally guaranteed rights to stop them from wearing the hijab in public schools.
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