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MURIC petitions LPDC against lawyer for wearing Olokun dress to court

The Legal Practitioners Disciplinary(LPDC) Committee have queried Mr Malcolm Omirhobo, the human rights lawyer that wore Olokun worship dress over his wig and gown to the Supreme Court. 

Omirhobo in a letter dated October 7, 2022, and signed by the Secretary of LPDC, Mr Daniel Tela is asked to respond to a petition filed against him by the Muslims Rights Concern(MURIC) over the way he dressed to the Supreme Court on June 27, 2022 in reaction to the judgment of the Apex Court on wearing hijab by Muslim women.

In a judgment delivered on 17th June 2022, the Supreme court affirmed the decision of a Court of Appeal Lagos, which removed the ban on the use of Hijab in public schools in Lagos State. The apex court in a split judgment of five-to-two, held that the appellate court was right in its verdict nullifying and setting aside the judgment of a Lagos High Court that banned female Muslim students from wearing the Hijab (head covering veil) with their school uniforms. It subsequently dismissed the appeal brought by Lagos State for lacking in merit.

On Monday June 27th, Omirhobo in protest was seen in the premises of the Supreme Court wearing his Olokun worship dress on his wig and gown. He also wore the same dress to the Federal High Court, and other courts in Lagos.

It was on this basis that MURIC petitioned LPDC, which had asked the lawyer to present his defence within 24 days.

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