Hijab: How Violation of Rights Led to suspension of Lagos Principal

INSIDEMAINLAND– The Lagos State government has recalled the principal of Eletu-Odibo Junior High School, Abule-Oja, Yaba, Christiana Sofuye and other members of staff for violating the supreme court judgement on hijab.

This is contained in a circular issued by State’s Tutor-General/Permanent Secretary Education District IV, Osinaike Olusegun Olawale, warning that anyone caught, violating the supreme court judgement on hijab in schools will face dire consequences.

The State government warned principals and staff of various public schools in the state to desist from assaulting students for wearing hijab.

The erring Principal reportedly compelled a female Muslim student to remove her hijab on the school assembly.

Recall that the supreme court had ruled in favour of the hijab, upholding the constitutional rights of Muslim students to wear it in schools.

The Tutor-General said the Lagos State government strictly frowns at disobedience against the supreme court judgement.

The statement reads in part: “Consequent upon the Supreme Court judgement on the use of hijab in Lagos State Schools delivered on 17th June, 2022 and the Head of Service Circular No. 068, dated 5th December, 2022 which was made available to all principals through the Information Platform *(E34 Notice formation)*, available information at our disposal alleged that the principal of Eletu-Odibo Junior High School, Abule-Oja, Yaba decided to violate the judgement of the Apex Court and the H.O.S Circular, which is tantamount to misconduct and punishable under the Lagos State Public Service Rule (PSR).

However, the principal and other officers involved have been recalled from the school with immediate effect, while investigation is ongoing.

For the avoidance of doubt, henceforth, any principal or staff member, caught assaulting students on the issue of hijab or in one way or the other contravenes the hijab judgement will face dire consequences. It should be of note that the Lagos State Government strictly frowns at disobedience and will be viewed seriously.”

For the avoidance of doubt, henceforth, any principal or staff member, caught assaulting students on the issue of hijab or in one way or the other contravenes the hijab judgement will face dire consequences. It should be of note that the Lagos State Government strictly frowns at disobedience and will be viewed seriously.”

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