Justice Olusola John Bamgbose who gave this judgement on Thursday after a legal battle that lasted for about one and a half years, said that it is only the fundamental human right of women to use hijab and not that of minors.
Muslim News can recall that the court of Appeal in Lagos had on July 21, 2016 ruled in favour of the use of hijab before a related case was brought before Justice Bamgbose of Court 8 in the suite number AB/5271/2018.
A nine-year-old Aishat Abdul-Aleem had in December 2018, through her next friend, Muhammadu dragged the Principal of Gateway Secondary school, Mrs Kushimo, and Ogun State Government to court for violating her fundamental human right to use the hijab while in school.
Justice Bamgbose while delivering his judgement said he did not grant the prayers of Aishat because of the fact that she is not a Muslim woman but a minor.
The judge said he hinged his decision on the interpretations of the provision of the constitutions, previous judgements in similar cases, related provisions in the Qur’an and Bible as well as scholarly definitions of the words “women” and “minors”.