Ogun Christians Give Nod To Ogun Govt. Ban On Hijab In Public Schools, Throng Court
Christians Show Solidarity in Court for Principal, Mujota, Ogun Govt. over Hijab Case
….Defendants call for Adjournment again; Aisha to remain at home as OGSG request for another adjournment
…..Claimants, Defendants Counsels in war of words
….I want to give expeditiously hearing – Judge
Scores of Christian clerics throng the Abeokuta High Court to support the Principal of Gateway Secondary school, Mrs Kushimo; the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Modupe Mujota; Ogun State Government, and others defendants in the case instituted by nine year old Aisha AbdulAleem for the violation of her fundamental human rights for the use of hijab.
The clerics arrived the courts in different attires took strategic positions in and around the court premises in the morning with the elders taking the frontal rolls in the court room as observers.
The clerics where not in court when the case was first mentioned on December 22, 2018 and were not defendants to the case.
Muslims were also at the court to observe the Muslims.
When the court proceedings started around 9:09 a.m, the presiding judge, Justice Bamgbose Alabi of court 9 noted twice how the court was filled beyond capacity with many observant standing outside the court.
“I could see many people standing, I could not manufactured sit for you, you have to bear with us”, the Judge observed.
It would be recalled that Aishah through her father dragged the principal of Gateway Secondary school and the Ogun State Government to court for violating her fundamental human rights over the use of hijab in public secondary schools in the State.
Meanwhile, Justice Bamgbose Alabi has promised to ensure speedy hearing of the case of human rights brought by nine year old Aisha AbdulAleem, because of the sensitivity of the case and in line with Africa Charter adjourning the case to Wednesday 16thJanuary, 2019 on the request of the defendants.
“I want to give extradiciously hearing of the case and at the same time ensure we hear from all parties involved….This is very crucial matter, that all party must do it right”
Justice Bamgbose had earlier intervened in the exchange of words between lead counsel of the claimant, Barrister S.A Akinbami and the counsel of the defendants, Barrister I.B Awofeso over call for adjournment by Awofeso.
Barrister Akinbami, while opposing call for adjournment, had described as “administrative incompetent” on the part of the lawyers of the defendants to call for adjournment in order to respond to the point of law filed by Mr Abass Nurudeen (one of the counsels of the claimants) due to the claim of retrieving it from the Court Registry on Friday.
Barrister Awofeso angrily responded saying the accusation of “administrative incompetence” is “absolutely incorrect….it’s rude…., we can respond but with the leave of the court”.
Written by Jamiu Folarin
Lecturer and Researcher,
Mass Communication Department,
Crescent University, Abeokuta,
Ogun State, Nigeria.
Community Reporter/Ogun State Cordinator,
Connected Development (CODE),
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