Muslim girls can now wear hijab in public schooling in Lagos State as the Supreme court on Friday ruled in favour of a suit brought before it in 2016.
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Newsonline reports that the apex court, the Supreme Court delivered the ruling in upholding the ruling of the Appeal Court on whether Muslim girls should wear hijab in public schools.
In a split decision of five to two of a seven-member panel, the Supreme Court ruled that the restriction of Muslims from wearing hijab in public school is unconstitutional.
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The split decision of five to two of a seven-member panel affirmed the July 21, 2016 judgment of the Court of Appeal, Lagos, that the restriction of the use of hijab by female Muslim students of public schools in the state.
The ruling of the Supreme Court has therefore 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 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.
With the ruling of the Supreme Court, a case that has been in contestation for 8 years has been led to rest.
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