Muslims Female Students in Lagos State have rights to wear Hijab to school without har@ssment or discri#ination, the Supreme Court sitting in Abuja ruled on Friday, June 17.
The court dismissed an appeal by the Lagos State Government and upheld the earlier judgment of the Court of Appeal which held that the ban on hijab was discri#inatory against Muslim students in the state.
The court upheld that the ban viol@ted the Muslim students’ rights to freedom of thought, conscience, religion, the dignity of human persons and freedom from discri#ination guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution.
The Lagos State Government had banned the use of the hijab, arguing that it was not part of the approved school uniform for pupils.
Following the ban, the students filed the suit on May 27, 2015, seeking redress and asked the court to declare the ban as a viol@tion of their rights to freedom of thought, religion and education.