Lagos Muslims Students Win Court Case Over Hijab – The court of appeal has ruled in favor of female Muslim students in Lagos state, allowing them to wear hijabs.
This comes after hijabs were banned in 2014 by the state government, who claimed the hijabs were not part of the school uniform.
The appeal was filed by Asiyat Kareem and Mariam Oyeniyi, students of the Atunrase Junior High School in Surulere, through the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Area Unit.
The verdict was given by a panel led by Justice A.S. Gumel, which ruled that preventing students from wearing hijabs would amount to discrimination on religious grounds.
“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,” Gumel said while giving his verdict.