#HijabCrisis: Lawyers Clash in Court Over Ogun Hijab Crisis
Posted: 09/Jan/2019

Two lawyers were on Tuesday  locked in a war of words at an Ogun State High Court in Isabo, Abeokuta,  during the hearing of a suit  on the use of hijab in public schools in the state. A nine-year-old female pupil of Gateway Junior Secondary School, Aisha AbdulAleem, in December  last year sued  the state  government  for allegedly violating her fundamental human right to use hijab, demanding N1m as damages.

During the second hearing of the case on Tuesday,    counsel for the defendant and the claimant, Israel Awofeso and  Sulaiman  Akinbami,   respectively, traded words over the call for the adjournment of the case.

The Tuesday hearing  attracted  scores of Christian  and Islamic faithful to  the courtroom.

During the proceeding, there was a heated argument between the two counsel, following the statement made by the defendant’s lawyer claiming he received the process filed by one of the lawyers for the claimants, Mr Abass Nurudeen,  on December 27,  2018  late on Tuesday.

Awofeso,  who based his argument on his late receipt of the process, sought an adjournment of the case in order to respond to on point of law.

But Akinbami described his claim as “administrative incompetence”.

He prayed the court to hear the case expeditiously because of the pupil who he said  could not return to school because she was denied her right to exercise  freedom of religion .

Akinbami added that the case was in the interest of the majority of the people in the state.