Hijab Controversies: Lawyer lashes at parties seeking to join case

Ogun High Court

Chief Semiu Akinbami, the lead counsel in the fundamental human right case on the use of hijab in Ogun State public schools, has described as busybodies the parties seeking to be joined the case instituted by nine-year-old Aishat AbdulAleem.

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Akinbami, who asked the court to dismiss the applications of Tunde Olutayo-Aro and M. Akinbode seeking to be joined in the case as co-respondents, hinged his decision on the failure of the parties to show how they are affected by the case.
“They are not interested party known to the law; you must show that the judgement will affect you.
“Yes, the court can allow joiners but they must show sufficient interest.
“You need to satisfy the court about your interest in the matter.
“The parties seeking to join this case have not satisfied the position of the law.
“If their rights are violated, how are they affected my lord? They want to join for what purpose? I think they are busybodies.
“How the enforcement of the fundamental human rights of Aishat would affect you?
“She did not say all students must use hijab, Christians and even Muslims are not to be compelled to use hijab,” he said.
Counsel to the defendants, Mrs Yetunde Oresanya, however, asked that the parties be allowed to join the case, irrespective of whether they have interest in the case or not in line with nature of the fundamental human right legal procedure.
The Judge is expected to rule on the matter at the next adjourned date fixed for Tuesday, Feb. 19.
Meanwhile, Justice Bamgbose Alabi has encouraged complainant,  AbdulAleem, to aim high in life despite the court case instituted to enforce her fundamental human rights.
Alabi, who stated this while interacting with the little Aishat, recalled how his teachers predicted that he would be a lawyer when he argued against a punishment he felt was about to be melted against him and his colleagues at class two.
“I hope you are fine? You will be greater than us. Maybe you will want to go for the law,” the judge recalled.
It would be recalled that the student instituted the case against the principal of Gateway Junior Secondary School, Mrs Kushimo and Ogun State government for disallowing her access to the class because of her hijab.
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