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Hijab: Hands off the case, CAN tells Osun judge

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 to public school approved by the state government.
CAN made this known on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at the resumed 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.
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 hands off the case as the state Christian community has gone to a high court to adjudicate on the matter.
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 judgment.
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.
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 schools.
According to him, the state CAN would pursue the matter to a logical conclusion

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Newstide247.com newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.
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