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Osun Hijab Crisis: Court Strikes Out Stay Of Execution Suit

Posted: Jul 20, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

An Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 struck out application for the state of execution of June 3 judgment which allowed Muslim students freedom to wear Hijab approved by the state government to public schools.

This is as the Christian association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state called on Christians to remain calm and vowed to pursue the appeal it filed at the Ondo division of the Court of Appeal to logical conclusion.

Justice Jide Falola, who handed down the initial judgement, stuck out the case because the state Christian Community has approached the Court of Appeal sitting in Akure, Ondo State capital to sit on the matter.

CAN in Osun State on June 22 filed an application before the State High asking for a stay of execution of the judgment.

However, at the resumed hearing on Tuesday, Justice Falola struck out the stay of execution suit as CAN in the state had already filled necessary papers at the Court of Appeal, including a stay of the judgement of the High Court.

CAN in fresh affidavits deposed to by Rev. Jacob Asani and Rev. Olasunbo Ige urged Justice Falola to hands-off the case as the state Christian community has gone to a high court to adjudicate on the matter.

The State CAN through its counsel Barrister Olufemi Ayandokun filed its papers at the Court of Appeal on Monday, July 18 including a fresh application for a stay of execution of the June 3 Hijab judgment.

Scores of adherents of the two religions and their lawyers who trooped to the court premises at Oke-Fia area of the state for the resumed hearing on the stay of execution application met empty courtroom.

Justice Falola had during the last court sitting on July 8 admonished all the parties in the matter to refrain themselves from doing anything against constituted authority, saying his judgment was based on the law and facts before him “at that material time” and that the case was a constitutional issue that will still be taken to the Supreme Court.

Rev. Elisha Ogundiya, Chairman of CAN in the state called on Christians across the state to be law-abiding pending the determination of the case before the Appeal Court.

He also urged the Osun State government to ensure that the status-quo is maintained in the state public schools until the matter is resolved.

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