The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria(MSSN) and the Lagos State Government have been in court over the ban on the use of hijab (Muslim Veil) in public schools all over Lagos State.
The counsel to the state government, Lawal Pedro, informed the Lagos High court that they have filed a counter affidavit against the application of the applicants on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 stating that Lagos State government is against the application of the MSSN and will not negotiate with their counsel outside court.
Lagos Government had initially sought for an out of court settlement when the case opened on May 27, 2013 before the former judge handling the case; Justice Oyewole to give them time to negotiate. A situation the MSSN called unnecessary delay tactics.
Pedro told the presiding judge; Justice Modupe Onyeabo that the out of court negotiation has broken down.
Counsel to the MSSN, Barrister Hassan Fajimite, told newmen at the court that the State government wasn’t really interested in the out of court settlement.
“For over a year that the Lagos State government has applied before Justice Oyewole that they want to settle out of court they never met us as lawyers representing the applicants and when they eventually met us recently, on the letter they wrote through their Attorney-General we realized that the Lagos State government aren’t ready to concede to us our rights.”
Fajimite however asked for a new date for the commencement of proper hearing of the case which he belief should be fully taken.
Justice Onyeabo fixed Tuesday July 1, 2014 for the CONTINUATION on the case.
The Amir (President) of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit, Engineer Kaamil Kalejaiye said they won’t rest until justice and their fundamental human rights has been restored no matter how long it takes them.
“We are not bothered as to how long the journey to justice will take, we are ready to go to the appellate court if they fail to give us our rights here at the Lagos High court, already there are two precedents on the case of hijab which has been in our favor, one here at the Lagos High court and the other at the Appeal court in Ilorin, Kwara state” Kalejaiye said.
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