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HIJAB: Supreme Court adjourns abruptly after lawyer appears dressed as native doctor

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Hijab: Court refuses to hear Omirhobo, ‘Olokun worshipper’, for improper dressing
Omoirhobo walking away after the Supreme Court adjournment

Proceedings at the Supreme Court of Nigeria were adjourned abruptly on Thursday as a lawyer appeared for the day’s session dressed as a native doctor.

Malcom Omirhobo, a Lagos-based human rights lawyer, said he dressed to court in that manner in exercise of his fundamental human rights, following the judgment of the Supreme Court allowing all Nigerians to express their way of worship and the use of hijab in schools and public places.

The Supreme Court had on Friday given approval for female Muslim students to wear hijab to school in Lagos State, after a protracted trial, initiated by a Muslim group, that emanated from the state high court, to appeal and ending at the apex court.

Five out of the seven members of the court’s panel which sat on the case ruled in favour of hijab while the two remaining members dissented.

“I am very grateful to the Supreme court. Just last week Friday they made a very resounding decision that promotes Section 38 of the Constitution. That is, our right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. That we are free to express our way of worship in our schools and in our courts. That decision was reached on Friday and that has encouraged me.

“Because I am a traditionalist and this is the way I worship. Based on the decision of the Supreme Court, this is how I will be dressing henceforth, in court, because I am a strong adherent to Olokun, the god of rivers,” Omirhobo told journalists who spoke with him.

HIJAB: Supreme Court adjourns abruptly after lawyer appears dressed as native doctor
Omirhobo sitting inside the courtroom

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The lawyer caused a stir in the courtroom when he appeared in the strange-looking attire to attend court proceedings.

He entered the court bare-footed with feathers festooned to his wig. He was also wearing a gourd as necklace with cowries and a red wrapper tied around his waist.

He dared the police officers and security guards who approached him, apparently to stop him, saying that he has the right to come to the court in his traditional regalia without any harassment, in line with the Supreme Court judgment.

Daily Independent reports that the court proceedings were abruptly stopped when the Presiding Justice suddenly announced that the court would be going for a short break.

RELIABLESOURCENG.COM could not immediately ascertain if it was the lawyer’s presence that was responsible for the short break.

The situation attracted a large crowd who thronged the courtroom to catch a glimpse as people were seeing using their mobile phones to take his pictures.

Malcom said the implication of the judgment was that all Nigerians including doctors, police, military students and journalists can now wear their mode of worship in public places.

He added that he was not against the judgment, rather he was happy with the decision because it strengthened and enriched the rights of all Nigerians, as stipulated in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

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