By Ismail Auwal
The Supreme Court has upheld Muslim female students’ rights to wear hijab to school without fear of harassment or discrimination in Lagos.
Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Justice John Inyang Okoro, Justice Uwani Aji, Justice Mohammed Garba, Justice Tijjani Abubakar, and Justice Emmanuel Agim were among the judges on the bench that gave the verdict on Friday.
Five judges voted in favor of wearing the hijab, while two judges voted against it.
In October 2014, a Lagos high court ruled against the wearing of hijabs in schools, a decision that was overturned by an appellate court in July 2016.
The appeal court ruled unanimously that the prohibition was discriminatory against Muslim students in Lagos.
The state government appealed to the supreme court after being dissatisfied with the appellate court’s decision.