Hand off the case, CAN tells Osun judge
Students on Hijab

Osun State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has
instituted a stay of execution at the Court of Appeal of the June 3
judgment which allowed Muslim students freedom to wear Hijab approved by
the state government to public schools.

CAN made this known on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at the resume hearing of the
case before Justice Jide Falola of an Osun State High Court.

Consequently, Justice Jide Falola who had abandoned the on-going court
recess to attend to the case due to its importance in a brief ruling stuck
out the case based on the fact that the state Christian Community has
approached the appellate court to sit on the matter.

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

Tens of adherents of the two religions and their lawyers trooped to the
court premises at Oke-Fia area of the state for the resumed hearing of the
stay of execution application filed by CAN but met empty courtroom.

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

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The State CAN had through its counsel Barrister Olufemi Ayandokun on
Monday, July 18 headed for the Appeal Court to file all necessary papers
including a fresh application for a stay of execution of the June 3 *Hijab*

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.

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Meanwhile, the state CAN Chairman, Rev. Elisha Ogundiya has called on
Christians across the state to be law-abiding pending the determination of
the case before the Appeal Court while wishing that the state government
will ensure that status-quo would be maintained in the state public

According to him, the state CAN would pursue the matter to a logical
conclusion and urged his members to be vigilant and prayerful for a
successful conclusion of the suit at the Appellate court.