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Hijab: School, Muslim parents agree to out-of-court settlement



Hijab: School, Muslim parents agree to out-of-court settlement

The lawyers to University of Ibadan International School Ibadan (ISI) and Muslim Parents’ group have agreed on possible out of court settlement as admonished by judge in the legal tussle over the use of Hijab by willing female Muslim pupils in the school. A bridged report of Court proceeding on Wednesday showed that the case was adjourned till March 20 for presentation of report on outcome of settlement meetings. Some Muslim Parents and pupils of International School, Ibadan, (ISI) have earlier dragged the management of the ISI and the University of Ibadan (UI) to the Court over refusal to allow their children to wear hijab. In the suit No: M/706/2018 filed on behalf of the 14 applicants by Messrs Abdulkareem, Fajimite and Co. at Oyo State High Court, the parents are demanding for the fundamental human rights of their wards in using Hijab.

The applicants who sued the school through their parents are Moridiyya Yekinni, Ikhlas Badiru, Mahmudah Babarinde, Faridah Akerele, Aakifah Dokpesi, Aaliyah Dokpesi, Iman Akinoso, Raheemah Akinlusi, Faridah Moshood, Hamdallah Olusunde and Aliyah Adebayo. The 12th to 14th Applicants who sued on behalf of ISI Muslim Parents Forum were Abdur-Rahman Balogun (Chairman), Ridwan Ademola and Bolaji Ajani.

“The counsel to all parties met after court. At the meeting, plaintiffs insisted on fundamental right of using hijab, however, they agreed that the ISI can design the Hijab. “Opposing group insisted on maintaining status quo – no hijab while the school advocated due process for change of extant law on school uniform. “Muslim Parents raised need for ISI to be dynamic in accommodating diverse opinions, which is global practice of International School that ISI represents. At the end, the lawyers agreed to consult with their clients for position shift while meeting is expected to be conveyed soon to harmonize positions as all agreed that peace must reign.

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