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Supreme Court overrules Lagos on Hijab ban in schools g 14

By Orowo Victoria Ojieh

The Supreme Court on Friday granted the use of Hijab by female Muslim students in Lagos State Government-owned schools without harassment or discrimination.

In a split decision of five to two of a seven-member panel, the Supreme Court affirmed the July 21, 2016 judgment of the Court of Appeal, Lagos, which set aside the October 17, 2014 judgment by Justice Grace Onyeabo of the High Court of Lagos State, which upheld the Hijab restriction.

Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, who wrote the lead majority judgment, which was read on Friday by Justice Tijani Abubakar, dismissed the appeal filed by Lagos State against the 2016 judgment of the Court of Appeal, Lagos, on the grounds that the appeal was without merit.

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It would be recalled that a special five-man panel of the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos had in 2016, set aside the judgment of a Lagos High Court which had banned students in public primary and secondary schools in the State from wearing Hijab with their school uniforms.

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