Nigerian Law School To Allow Firdaus Amasa Attend Call To Bar With Head Covering, Not Hijab
Body Of Benchers Clarify Position On Dress Code For Call To Bar
The Nigerian Law School has denied allowing Firdaus Amasa to attend the scheduled July call to bar ceremony with hijab.
The Body of Benchers also debunked rumours that Amasa would be allowed to use hijab for her call to bar ceremony, stating that the correct position is that a decision was taken to allow Firdaus Amasa to be called to the Bar wearing a small covering over her hair, The Honourable Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa style.
The statement said the body of benchers is yet to formally decide on any change to the mode of dress code for call to Bar as this has generated much controversy in the legal community.
“The Body of Benchers is yet to consider the report of the committee chaired by Belgore JSC as the said report is not yet ready or ripe for consideration.”
“However in view of the imminent Call to Bar ceremonies in July 2018 and Miss Fidaus Amasa’s petition, a position was taken on the applicant’s current petition on the subject. It was decided that :
– the applicant was indeed rude and impolite to a former CJN Belgore JSC who had intervened at the Call ceremonies but rebuffed by the applicant, and therefore must tender a written apology.
– It was recognized that moslem Judges while sitting wear only head scarf to cover their hair and not partial face covering of any sort, as exhibited by the applicant’s attire. If she will be called therefore, she cannot use more than the hair covering scarf, similar to what female Judges from lower courts to Supreme Court use.
So the reprieve is conditional on the above limitations, not a blanket approval as falsely being circulated,” the statement said.
Some earlier reports had indicated the Body of Benchers has approved the use of hijab during Call to Bar for Firdaus Amasa in the Call to Bar coming up this July 2018.
See an earlier tweet below:
Hijab Wearing Lawyer, Amasa Firdaus Finally Called To Bar – https://t.co/ZrnwTsxteo pic.twitter.com/fCk1myNhWi
— Abubakar Sidiq Usman (@MrAbuSidiq) June 22, 2018
Naija News recalls that Firdaus Amasa, a University of Ilorin Law graduate was denied from going ahead with her call to bar over her refusal to remove her hijab.
She however looks set to be admitted along with other young lawyers in July in Abuja.