Some Muslim parents of International School, Ibadan, (ISI) have dragged the management of the college to court demanding for the fundamental human rights of their wards in using Hijab.
The suit No: M/706/2018 filed on behalf of the 14 applicants by Messrs Abdulkareem, Fajimite and Co. at Oyo State High Court was served on Monday on the vice chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Idowu Olayinka.
Others who received their services were the deputy vice chancellor, (Academic), Prof. Adeyinka Aderinto, chairman, Board of governors of ISI and Mrs Phebean Olowe, Principal, ISI, University of Ibadan.
The suit is asking for a declaration of the court that the continuous denial of the 1st to 11th applicant’s right to use Hijab on their school uniform within the premises of the ISI, Ibadan was wrongful and unconstitutional.
“It constitutes a violation of the applicants rights to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom from discrimination and right to dignity of the human persons and right to education as guaranteed by section 38 (1) (a) and (b) and 42 (1) (a) & (b) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.
“And Articles 2, 5, 8, 10, 17 and 19 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Right (Ratification and Enforcement) Act CAP A9, Laws of the Federation, 2004)’’.
The suit is also seeking for a declaration of the court that the locking up or humiliation of the 1st-11th applicants by the 1st-4th respondents by themselves and /or agents or privies as a result of the use of Hijab by the 1st-11th applicants was a violation of the applicants’ fundamental human rights to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom from discrimination and right to the dignity of the human person, right to education and right to free association as guaranteed under Section 38 and 42 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999.
Other prayers of the suit include, “an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents either by themselves, their officers, agents, privies or servants from further interfering or infringing in any manner with the fundamental rights of the 1st -11th applicants and other female muslim students of International School Ibadan who have resolved or are obliged to use or are using Hijab on their school uniforms in the exercise of the applicants’ rights to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom from discrimination and right to the dignity of the human person, right to education and right to free association.”