Lagos State Government yesterday before an Ikeja High Court pleaded for more time to settle out of court over its ban on wearing of Hijab by female Muslim students in the state’s primary and secondary schools.
Praying for more time to resolve the issue, Mr. Samuel Ajanaku told the court that the delay from the government to work out a reasonable term of settlement and present same to the court was due to bureaucracy in the system.
He therefore urged the presiding judge, Justice Modupe Onyeabo to grant further adjournment to enable both parties conclude on the settlement terms.
The Muslim Student Association of Nigeria(MSSN) had dragged the state government to court over the ban, maintaining that the ban by the state violates their fundamental human rights.
The applicants are also contending that banning female students from using Hijab on or outside the premises of any educational institution in Lagos State “is wrongful and unconstitutional”.
When the matter came up yesterday,counsel to the MSSN, Lagos State Area Unit, Mr. Adetola Kasim (SAN), asked the court to proceed for the hearing of the case, since according to him, the State Government had not responded to a proposal for terms of settlement sent since July, 2013.
Adetola urged the judge to let the case proceed as it is of high public interest which cannot wait any longer.
The state through its counsel however, pleaded for further adjournment, claiming that the terms are currently at the office of the governor.
Justice Onyeabo however granted the application and adjourned the case till December 19 for report on settlement