A report just came that a 9-year-old girl has sued the Ogun state government for allegedly violating her right to wear hijab. She is demanding the sum of one million naira (N1,000,000) as compensation.
The 9 year old girl named Aisha AbdulAleem is a student of Gateway Junior Secondary School. She did not only sue the state government but also her school’s principal Kushimo before Isabo High Court in Abeokuta.
Aisha through her father Muhammad AbdulAleem dragged the principal of the school to court for forcefully removing his daughter’s hijab and denying her access to attend classes in school.
Her lawyer Olusoji Odutan disclosed that it was wrong and unconstitutional of the principal to deny Aisha access to education on account of being directed by the government over non-usage of hijab in public schools within the state. Odutan further said that the refusal of the defendant to allow her client to use her hijab, violates her rights to “freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom from discrimination and right to the dignity of the human persons and right to education.” Aisha’s counsel also appealed to the court to award the sum of N50,000 against the defendant for serving counter affidavit on him on the day of the hearing of the case, as it will take time for him to study and respond properly.