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UI International School Students Sue University Over Right To Wear Hijab

Eight individual bonafide students of the International School, University of Ibadan (UI) have filed actions before the Oyo State High Court seeking to confirm their rights to wear hijab during school hours.

The issue about wear hijab to school became a public issue since the end part of 2018 when some parents under the aegis of UI-ISI Muslim Parents’ Forum petitioned the Deputy Vice Chancellor, UI, who is also the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the school, the school principal and the school for disallowing their children to wear hijab.

Muslim Students of UI International School. Photo: Punch
Muslim Students of UI International School. Photo: Punch

The parents on behalf of their children approached the Oyo State High Court in Ibadan, asking it to mandate the school to allow their wards to use hijab to school but Justice Ladiran of the High Court on the 25th of June struck the suit, premising his judgement on the fact that the section of the constitution on human rights issues should be filed individually and not collectively as done by the parents.

The Chairman of the Muslim Parents’ Forum, Alhaji Abdurahman Balogun, on Sunday stated that the applicants had complied with the court directive to file the matter individually.

“We are back in court. This is to inform you all tha,t sequel to court directive to file the matter individually as regards fundamental human rights, we have since complied and new cases assigned,” Alhaji Balogun stated.

He maintained that the decision of the students to return to court was simply to “liberate our children and Muslims who were oppressed, intimidated and coerced not to express their faith, freedom as guaranteed by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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