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admin January 13, 2019


On the 10th of January 2018, In the case of *Hawaw Saliu Olatunji V. Dr Yewande Jinadu and 2 ors in Suit No: NICN/LA/683/2016* Honorable Justice Nweneka G. Ikechi of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Lagos Division held inter alia that the refusal of the Defendants to interview the Claimant only because she puts on her hijab is discriminatory and a violation of section of section 42 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Claimant is a trained Medical Radiographer who applied to the Federal Medical Centre Ebute Metta on the 10th of October 2016, she was shortlisted and invited for an interview.

On the day of the interview, the 1st Defendant sent her out of the premises stating she would not interview her because she was putting on the Hijab.

The Claimant was represented by Lawyers from Hijab Rights Advocacy Initiative.

This case further emphasizes that the provisions of the constitution guaranting the Fundamental Rights of Nigerians are not merely cosmetic but are the pivot of our society.

We at Hijab Rights Advocacy Initiative will continue to peacefully and legally advocate for the rights of Muslim women and girls who wear the Hijab.

Mutiat Orolu-Balogun,
Executive Director,
Hijab Rights Advocacy Initiative

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