UI hijab crisis: Court to hear report of settlement March 22

Lagos Muslim students protesting ban on hijab

Justice Laniran Akintola of an Oyo State High Court in Ibadan has fixed March 22 for report of settlement in a suit filed by parents of some female Muslim students of University of Ibadan International School Ibadan (ISI) over denial on use of hijabs.

Justice Akintola had in the last sitting advised parties involved to settle the matter out of court.

“We should all salvage the situation together. I am sure the matter can be amicably resolved,” Akintola said.

The parents claim that the denial on use of hijab is a violation of their wards’ fundamental human rights.

The University of Ibadan, School Principal, Phebean Olowe; Chairman, Board of Governors, Prof. Abideen Aderinto and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics) office make up the other respondents.

Before the ruling, counsel to the claimants, Abdulwahab Egbewole, said the parties had agreed to meet after court sitting on Wednesday.

Counsel to the 1st and 4th respondents, Oluwatobi Ola, and other respondents’ counsel, confirmed the position of the claimants’ counsel.

The claimants want the court to declare that the continuous denial of Muslim students in ISI from wearing hijabs is unconstitutional.