Hijab Crisis: Kwara Muslims Condemn Killing, Call For Investigation

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The Kwara State Muslim stakeholders on Friday condemned the killing of Habeed Mustafa, the victim of the hijab crisis at the Oyun Baptist High School, Ijagbo on Thursday.

They made the call while addressing journalists in Ilorin over the Thursday violence which also left many others injured.

The body described the deceased as a parent of one of the female students who was denied entry into the school for wearing a hijab. Mustafa was said to have joined the peaceful protest against the decision which later turned bloody.

According to the chairman of the forum, Alhaji Isiaq Agbaje who was flanked by its counsel, Bar Ibrahim Akaje, 11 other victims who suffered varying degrees of bullet wounds were being treated at various hospitals in Ijagbo.

While calling for immediate closure of the school and relocation of the students to other schools pending the resolution of the crisis, the Muslims urged the state government to set up a commission of inquiry to unravel the brains behind the killings and maiming of innocent Muslim parents in Ijagbo.

The group also called on the police to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crisis to bring the perpetrators to book.

In his contribution, the legal adviser of the forum, Barrister Ibrahim Agbaje, said that the Christian Association of Nigeria lost the two cases it instituted at both the lower and appellate courts on the issue of hijab-wearing by Muslim school girls in the state.

He said that as of yesterday, there is no case instituted at the Supreme Court by CAN on the earlier judgements delivered by a Kwara state High Court and the court of appeal.

Daily Trust reports that the government had shut the OBHS, Ijagbo, following the Thursday fracas.

Moreso, the latest crisis over the use of hijab in Kwara State is coming less than a year after the last episode in Ilorin which left worship centres destroyed.

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