NewsExpress banner Firstbank Verve banner Fidelity bank card banner Umm Sulaim's Thoughts Camano banner

Law school clears Hijab wearing lawyer

By Rafiu Ajakaye, Lagos on 22/06/2018

Gmail icon

Views: 1,072

•Firdaus Amasa
•Firdaus Amasa

A female law student barred from the country’s call to bar last year for wearing the Muslim head covering has been asked to attend the ceremony billed for later this year.

Firdaus Amasa was denied access to the call to bar ceremony in  Abuja for insisting on wearing her religious head covering in the hall, triggering a backlash from the country’s Muslim community which accused the law school of religious discrimination.

The controversy has led to lawsuits, especially after the parliament called a public hearing on the issue.

But president of the Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria (MULAN), Kamal Dawud, told Anadolu Agency on Thursday that Amasa has now been granted approval to attend the legal ritual later this year.

“The Body of Benchers (BOD) met today to discuss the report of a committee established to look at the call to bar of Amasa,” he said. “To the best of my knowledge, the report was not considered for one reason or the other. But they resolved that the girl should be called to bar with her head covered at the next call to bar event,” according to the law professor.

“It's a victory because what we are saying is that she has her rights and should not be denied such rights under whatever guise. This is a right donated by the Constitution. The only institution that has the say over interpretation of the constitution and the only institution empowered to make pronouncements on whether any law or act is consistent with the Constitution or not is the court and so far the decisions of the court of appeal are in favour of the hijaab.”

The BOD, an ultra-conservative body of current and retired senior judges and lawyers, has the final say on the codes applicable for the legal profession in Nigeria.

The MULAN, along with the country’s Muslim community, championed the #JusticeForFridaus campaign to have Amasa called to the bar as well as scrap whatever laws that proscribe the use of the head covering at such events.

An appeals court in 2016 held that the head covering is a fundamental human rights of every female Muslim and may be worn anywhere of her choice, striking down a government circular that had restricted its use in the public school.

The government has appealed the ruling at the Supreme Court. (Anadolu Agency

Source News Express

Posted 22/06/2018 1:07:15 PM





You may also like...
Kagame, Elumelu to headline Young Entrepreneurship Day at...

Yahya Jammeh declares state of emergency, ready for...

Abducted schoolgirls: We’re closing in on Boko Haram...

Man fakes orphanage ownership to get Customs’ seized...

Group blasts Abia Govt. for neglecting persons with...

NASS committed to passing fiscal, host communities components...

4 notorious kidnappers in police net

NiMet predicts partly cloudy skies, sunny, hazy weather...

Police arrest couple for battering house-help

Today’s weather: NiMet predicts sunshine in the North,...

CBN to ease access to funds for SMEs...

Another diehard Buhari supporter begins trekking from Abuja...


Latest News Customs begins recruitment of officers, men Eight family members perish in gas explosion Constituency projects: How Senators, Reps steal billions — ICPC Boko Haram kills 19 herds Enugu set to pay N30,000 minimum wage Abuja-Kano road collapses amid project delay No RUGA in Ebonyi, South East, Umahi insists Why Abuja, Lagos are sinking in Quality of Living City Ranking Ohanaeze warns mischief makers, insists Nwodo’s tenure ends 2021 Budget 2020 faces fresh hurdle over N50 billion extra projects Nigeria has only 42,000 doctors, says NMA President Invasion of THE SUN premises a reminder of the military era — Uwazurike


Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (573,555 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (457,318 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (407,399 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (341,994 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (308,556 views) 10 cars more expensive than Jets (293,542 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (261,707 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (261,013 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (242,446 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (228,837 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (204,514 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (200,827 views)


CBN milk production

CBN banner advert

UBA Wise Savers Promo


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (112) Business & Economy (4,625) Business Verdict (89) Columnists (1,158) Complaints & Requests (98) Enterprise & Opportunities (221) Entertainment (719) Features (858) Global Business Monitor (499) ICT Monitor (73) International (4,330) Interview (220) Live Commentary (30) Love Matters (179) Maggie's Blog (520) News (55,339) Opinion (1,444) Pidgin (18) Politics (11,899) Religion (1,133) Sports (2,258) Stock Watch (41) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update







APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera