The Osun State High Court has ruled that Muslim female students in public primary and secondary schools in the state can now wear Hijab to school.
At the delivery of judgement on Friday, the presiding judge, Justice Jide Falola, held that wearing Hijab was part of the fundamental rights of Muslims’ female pupils.
The court’s verdict is coming on the heels of a suit filed by the Muslim community in the state against the state government.
There had been a crisis in the primary and secondary school system of Osun state over the legitimacy of pupils to wear hijab to class.
It is said that at about 7:00am today, the state police had ‘pre-emptively’ deployed heavily armed policemen in the court premises to rein in, in anticipation of a crisis, if the judgement had gone otherwise.
Hijab is a veil that covers the head and chest, which is particularly worn by Muslim women and girls beyond the age of puberty.
More details to be added as the story develops…