Muslim parents petition DSS, NHRC over Hijab crisis in UI school

The crisis rocking International School, Ibadan (ISI) over the  wearing of Hijab, has taken  another dimension as parents of Muslim students in the school petitioned Director General of Department of State Services(DSS), and Executive Secretary of National Human Right Commission (NHRC), over alleged intimidation, molestation and harassment of female Muslim students in the school. 

It would be recalled that the use of hijab by female Muslim students had since November 2018 been generating lot of controversies which made parents of some Muslim students to jointly sued the school, its principal, University of Ibadan and Chairman of Board of Governors of the school who also doubled as Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the university.

However an Ibadan High Court presided over by Mr Ladiran Akintola, on 26 June, 2019 struck out the suit filed by the parents on the ground  that the petitioners were not supposed to file the case jointly.

It was however alleged that Principal of the school, Mrs. Phebean Olowe, and other staff of the school, “has since then been molesting the Muslim students whose parents sued the institution.”

Last Thursday, a parent, Mr. Idris Badiru, raised an alarm over what he termed as molestation and inhuman treatment of his daughter, Ikhlas Badiru, by the Principal and other officials  of the school. 

However, the Muslim parents in a petition entitled, "International School, Ibadan Hijab Situation: Preventing a Looming Crisis", signed by the duo of its Chairman, Mr Abdur-Rahman Balogun and Secretary, Mrs Bilkis Badiru, addressed to DG of DSS, said it is necessary to alert DG of DSS of the situation in the school and called for his intervention in order to avert a breakdown of law and order in University of Ibadan and Oyo State in general if not urgently challenged. 

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