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COURT FIXES JUNE 25 FOR INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL IBADAN HIJAB CONTROVERSY

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The Oyo State High Court in Ibadan on Tuesday fixed June 25 for the hearing of preliminary objection in response to the fundamental human right suit filed by the Muslim parents of University of Ibadan (UI) International School Ibadan (ISI)s over the schools refusal to allow their children wear Hijab to school.

The preliminary objection was filed by Mr. Tunde Olutayo, a respondent in the matter.

Joined as respondents in the suit are the University of Ibadan, the School Principal, Mrs. Phebean Olowe, the Chairman, Board of Governors, Prof. Abideen Aderinto and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics) and three others.

Olutayo’s counsel, Mr. Jide Owoyemi, also filed an application for extensions of time to allow him to file his processes and urged the court to grant it.

In response, counsel to the applicant, Mr. Hassan Fagimite told the court that he was not opposed to the application for extension of time, although he said he is yet to respond to the application as well as the preliminary objection on the point of law.

He told the court that he intends to respond to the processes of all the respondent at the same time.

Recall that ISI had banned female Muslim students in the school from wearing hijab on their school uniforms. In response, the female Muslim students protested against the decision, claiming it was a violation of their fundamental human right.

Meanwhile, some Muslim parents namely Taofeek Yekinni, Idris Badiru, Sikiru Babarinde, Muideen Akerele, Abdur-rahman Balogun and nine others took legal action against the institution on behalf of their children.

The applicants counsel, Fagimite, in his originating summon, had said that the action of the school authority violates the applicants rights to freedom of thought, religion and right to education as contained in section 38 (1)(a) and 42(1)(a) of the constitution.

He urged the court to declare the continuous refusal of the authority of ISI to allow the female Muslim students wear hijab on their school uniforms as wrongful and unconstitutional.

At the resumed hearing today, Justice Laniran Akintola granted the application for the extension of time and adjourned the hearing of the preliminary objection till June 25.

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