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Hijab: More Drama As Lawyer Appears In Pastoral Robe In Court

Michael Chukwuebuka, Reporting

More drama as regards the contentious Supreme Court of Nigeria’s judgement on hijab, as a lawyer, appeared in court dressed in full priest robes, looking like a reverend.

The drama was staged on Thursday at the Okpoko Magistrate Court in Ogbaru Local Government Area, near Onitsha, Anambra State.

Proceedings at the court were disrupted as the lawyer, identified as Ogbachalu Goshen, stormed the court in the Christian reverend regalia.

The court proceedings, presided over by Her Worship, CB Mbaegbu, were on until a matter was called up and Goshen announced his appearance as a defence counsel.

When the Magistrate told him he could not appear and address the court in his religious regalia, he objected, citing the recent Supreme Court judgement that gave female students the backing to wear hijab in public schools as a precedent.

The Magistrate stood her ground that he could not appear in her court in that mode of dressing.

But Goshen also insisted that it was his right and that the objection by the Magistrate was an infringement on his fundamental rights as enshrined in Section 38 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The arguments continued with both the Magistrate and the lawyer refusing to shift grounds.

The Magistrate, then, rose, thereby forcing the court to dismiss, abruptly.

Stonix News had reported that a Lagos-based rights lawyer, Malcolm Omirhobo, had last week appeared at the Supreme Court in Abuja in Olokun, river goddess worship regalia in exercise of his fundamental human rights.

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