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Supreme Court sets aside ban on Hijabs in Lagos schools

Supreme Court Sets Aside Ban On Use Of Hijabs In Lagos Schools

The Supreme Court has set aside the restriction imposed by the Lagos State Government on the use of the hijab by female Muslim students in its public primary and secondary schools.

In a separate decision of five-to-two by a seven-man panel of Justices, the Apex court affirmed the earlier decision of the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal, which nullified a High Court judgement that banned female students from wearing Hijab with their school uniforms.

The court, in its lead majority verdict by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun and read by Justice Tijani Abubakar, dismissed as lacking in merit an appeal filed by the Lagos state government against the decision of the Court of Appeal.

The Supreme Court said it would not reinstate the October 17, 2014, judgement by Justice Grace Onyeabo of the High Court of Lagos State, which upheld the ban on Hijab.

Writing by Adeniyi Bakare; Editing by Tony Okerafor