Hijab crisis: Judge bars Muslim, Christian supporters from court

Hundreds of Muslims and Christians supporters of  the claimants and defendants in the case of violation of  the  right to  use hijab in public schools in Ogun State were on Friday locked out of the Isabo High Court in Abeokuta at the resumed hearing of the case.

The supporters  arrived on  the court premises  in different religious attire as early as 7am to  express their solidarity with the Christians and Muslims in the case but  the security officials  at the entrance of the court  stopped them.

The Presiding judge, Justice Bamgbose Alabi,  said,

“I wonder  why we have that large number of people. I’m  going to look at it (hijab case) and see what the law says.

“I am not moved by the large number of people. If they like,  they should  take over the court premises, my judgement will be according to the law.”

Meanwhile,  the Chairman of Muslim Lawyers Association in the  state,  Semiu Akinbami,  has described the refusal of public schools in the state  to allow Muslim girls use hijab as “a case of victimisation and intimidation”.

Akinbami,  who doubles  as the lead counsel for  nine-year-old Aishat Abdulhaleem,  who instituted the case against  the  state government , accused the defence counsel of frustrating the efforts being made  to ensure that Aisha was  admitted to one of the public schools in her area.

Justice Bamgbose had earlier advised the parties to reach a  consensus at the last hearing of the case for  Aishat  for  admitted to  one of the public schools in the state.

However, the parties involved in the case had  failed to reach a consensus on an alternative suitable public school to be attended by the girl before the determination of the case.
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