A Lagos based human right lawyer,Chief Malcom Emokiniovo Omirohobo,has dragged the Inspector General of the Nigerian Police, before a Federal high court in Lagos, south west Nigeria over the approval of using Hijab scarf by Police women under their caps.
Join as co-defenders are, Government of Federal Republic of Nigeria,and The Attorney General of the Federation.
In a 60 paragraphs affidavit in support of the originating summons sworn to by Chief Malcom Omirhobo himself, he averred that as a Nigerian Citizen it is his civic obligation and responsibility to defend the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at all times
That as a Nigerian citizen, he owe his allegiance to his country Nigeria and his country’s Constitution.
He is a stake holder of the Nigerian project and a co-owner of the Nigerian commonwealth.
As a result of the above, he is familiar with the facts of this case.
He pays his taxes, Value Added Tax inclusive other levies imposed on Nigerian citizens by the Attorney General of the Federation
He is bringing this public interest case for the interest of the Nigerian Public especially for the poor, weak, illiterates, uninformed, defenseless and vulnerable ones therein.
The Inspector General of Nigerian Police is the Head of the Nigerian Police Force whose responsibility is to maintain law and order in Nigeria .
The Nigerian Police force is a creation of the Nigerian Constitution and funded with the Nigerian Tax Payers money and the common
wealth of the Nigerian citizens to serve and protect the interest of all Nigerians of different tribes, religions , languages and cultures.
The Nigerian police is a public institution and a national agency portraying the image of Nigeria .
The Nigerian police is a part of or an agency of the Nigerian executive arm of government for the enforcement of law and maintenance of law and order.
The Inspector General of Police being the head of the Nigerian police is subject to judicial review of this Honourable Court .
The Federal Republic of Nigeria is both a multi-ethnic and religious State inhabited by over 200 million Citizens of over 500 ethnic groups who speak over 400 different languages and identified with diverse cultures. Apart from Islam and Christianity being the dominant religions in Nigerian, Nigerians practice other religions such as indigenous religion , African Traditionalists, Buddhist, Judaism, Daoism, Baha’i, Confucianism, Druze, Gnosticism,
Jainism, Rastafarianism, Shinto, Skihism, Zoroastrianism, Eckist, Armocs, grail message, Voodism etc,there are also Atheists in Nigeria .
Nigeria became an independent nation in 1960 and at the point of her independence its founding fathers agreed that the country will be a secular country.
By virtue of the Nigerian 1999 constitution (As Amended), Nigeria is a secular State without any officially recognized religion. The Nigerian police comprises of Nigerian Citizens of different religious beliefs.Nigerian police do not have any official religion,as the Nigerian police is a public institution and not a private organization .
That the equipping, maintaining and funding of the Nigerian police for effectiveness in performing her statutory and constitutional responsibilities is covered by the Nigerian 1999 Constitution .
However the Inspector General of the Nigerian Police with the tacit support of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Attorney General of the Federation approved new dress code for female Muslim personnel which permits them to wear stud earrings and Hijab headscarf under their berets or peak caps as the case may be while in uniform.
The new dress code was unveiled at the Inspector General of the Nigerian Police meeting with Strategic Police Managers on 3rd of March,2022.
The Inspector General of the Nigerian Police has ordered the immediate distribution of uniforms,kits and other accoutrements to it’s Muslim female officers across the country. The defendants are producing or procuring Hijab with public funds/tax player’s money.
Hijab is a traditional scarf worn by Muslim women to cover the hair and neck and sometimes the face. Hijab is a dress code for Moslem women World wide and is associated with Islam and is also synonymous with Islam.
Hijab is an Islamic concept of modesty privacy and has no bearing with the performance of our Police Muslim women in the discharge of their statutory duties and responsibilities.
The Nigerian Police Personal as ambassadors of Nigeria goes on international engagements such as peace keeping mission all over the world.
The wearing of Hijab by the Nigerian Police,gives the world impression that Nigeria is an Islamic country.
That by the Nigerian constitution the Attorney General of the Federation or any State Government and by extension any of Its agencies or States in Nigeria shall not adopt any religion as State religion
By virtue of section 10 of the Nigerian 1999 Constitution Nigeria is a secular state.
Nigeria is not an Islamic State.
By the Nigerian Constitution no Nigerian citizen of a particular community, ethnic group, place of origin
sex, religion or political opinions shall be discriminated upon.
The approved new dress code of allowing Muslim female Nigeria police officers to use Hijab as part of their official uniform is discriminatory to other Nigerian police female Police officers of other religious faiths and beliefs
That the use of hijab is a breach of Section 10 and 42(1)(a)(b) of the Nigerian 1999 constitution ( As Amended) .
That the religion of police officers is a private and personal matter to them and not of public concern.
By virtue of Section 10 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Defendants and the Nigerian police are to be neutral in religious matters.
The 1999 constitution of Nigeria is the supreme law of Nigeria and has binding effect on all the Defendants and members of the Nigerian police force.
This action is for this Honourable Court to interpret Sections 1 (1), 10, 42(1)(a)(b) and 214 of the Nigerian 1999 Constitution (As Amended) and give judicial pronouncement and/or decision on the propriety of the Defendants’ approving, producing , issuing and distributing Hijab to female Muslim police officers as part of their official dress code.
Unless the Defendants are restrained by this Honourable Court they will continue to violate the constitution of Nigeria and the status of Nigeria as a secular State will continue to be under played and undermine. In no distant time the Army , Navy , Air Force and other para military organizations like the Customs , Correctional Center, Immigration, Civil Defence, Road Safety Corps will join and in the use of Hijab for their Muslim female officers as dress code and thereby polarizing our entire security public officers on religious line .
The Honourable Court has the jurisdiction to entertain public interest litigation for the benefit of the Nigerian Public, the Defendants will not be prejudiced if this application is granted and it will be in the overall interest of justice that this application is granted
Consequently, Chief Malcom Omirhobo is seeking the following reliefs from the court
A declaration of the court that by the true interpretation and/or construction of Section 10 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended) it is improper , illegal , unlawful and unconstitutional for the IGP with the tacit support of the Federal Government and the Attorney General of the Federation to use public funds to approve, produce and/or procure, issue and distribute to
Nigerian female police officers throughout Nigeria Hijab for use as part of their official dress code while on duty?
A declaration of this court that the defendants approval of Hijab as part of the official dress code for Nigerian Police officers amounts to the adoption of Islam as state religion in Nigeria and therefore a flagrant violation of Section 10 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria ( as amended)
A declaration of the court that true interpretation and/or construction of Section 42(1)(a)(b)of 1999 Constitution (As the Amended) the defendants approval of the use of Hijab as part of the official dress code for Nigerian female of Muslim police officers with public funds without approving dress code for other Nigerian female police officers of other religion is discriminatory and therefore illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.
A declaration of the court that by virtue of Section 10 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended) Nigeria is a secular State .
An order of the court annulling and /or cancelling the use of Hijab as part of the official dress code for female Muslim Nigerian police officers for being at variance and inconsistent with the provisions of Sections 1(1)(3), 10 , 42(1)(a)(b) and 214 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended) and therefore improper , illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.
An order of the court restraining the defendants from further violating the provisions 1(1)(3), 10 , 42(1)(a)(b) and 214 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended), through their act of permitting the use of Hijab as part of the official dress code for Nigerian female Muslim police officers .
7. An order of the court compelling the defendants to stop forthwith the production,issuance, distribution and use of Hijab as part of the official dress code for Nigerian female Muslim.
Baba Adinni and Iya Adinni: Harmony Gardens Chairman and Wife Inducted into Spiritual Roles
In a momentous occasion of spiritual significance and community recognition, the Chairman of Harmony Gardens and Estates Development LTD, Hon. Dr. Saheed Audullahi Mosadoluwa, popularly known as Mr. Ibile, and his wife, Hadjia Aishat Adebimpe, were recently installed with revered titles at an event hosted by the Al-Irshad Islamic Foundation.
Hon Saheed Mosadoluwa Ibile inaugurated a multi-billion naira ultra-modern Central Mosque at Ibeju-Lekki immidiately after he got recognized by the West Africa Islamic Council as the AL Mujaddid in Rabbat, Morocco.
According to popular Muslim tradition, the term refers to an individual who emerges at the turn of each century in the Islamic calendar to rejuvenate Islam, purging it of extraneous elements and restoring it to its original purity. In contemporary times, a mujaddid is regarded as the preeminent Muslim figure of a century.
The concept of Mujaddid is based on a hadith (a saying of Islamic prophet Muhammad), recorded by Abu Dawood, narrated by Abu Hurairah who mentioned that Muhammad said:
Allah will raise Mujaddid for this community at the end of every 100 years the one who will renovate its religion for it.
Recall that in a grand ceremony attended by distinguished personalities and spiritual leaders, Hon Saheed Audullahi Mosadoluwa, Chairman and CEO of Harmony Gardens and Estates Development LTD, officially commissioned and handed over a state-of-the-art central mosque in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State, on Friday, January 19th, 2024.
The auspicious event witnessed the presence of esteemed religious leaders, including Sheik Semiu .A. Opeloyeru, The Grand Chief Imam and General President of the League of Imam and Alfa in Ibeju-Lekki L.G.A. The ceremony commenced with the arrival of Sheik Semiu .A. Opeloyeru, setting the tone for a day of spiritual significance and community celebration.
Representing the executive governor of Lagos State, His Excellency Babajide Sanwoolu, was Hon. Ahmed Abdulai Jembe, the Special Adviser on Islamic Affairs to the governor, graced the ceremony. The Onibeju in attendance emphasizing the significance of the event in the cultural and traditional context.
The event saw the attendance of various traditional rulers, highlighting the communal and inclusive nature of the mosque inauguration. Notably, the newly appointed Lagos NURTW Chairman, Mustapha Sego, drew attention as his presence added an extra layer of recognition to the occasion.
However, the prestigious ceremony, held at Monarch Hall in Osapa London Lekki, Lagos State, saw Hon. Dr. Saheed Audullahi Mosadoluwa bestowed with the title of Baba Adinni, signifying a revered position within the religious community. His wife, Hadjia Aishat Adebimpe, was similarly honored as Iya Adinni, a title of great respect and responsibility.
The Al-Irshad Islamic Foundation, under the guidance of its founder Sheik Rasheed Adeleke, who is also the owner of Al-Irshad Travel and Tours, organized the event as a Pre-Ramadan lecture, award ceremony, and Turbaning ceremony. The atmosphere was filled with spiritual fervor and communal joy as community members gathered to witness the momentous occasion.
Notably, Abu Abel and other prominent figures, was also present at the event, adding to the significance of the gathering. The ceremony, held on Sunday, February 25th, 2024, brought together individuals from diverse backgrounds to celebrate the exemplary contributions of Hon. Dr. Saheed Audullahi Mosadoluwa and his wife to both the community and the Islamic faith.
The Turbaning ceremony, a traditional rite of passage within the Islamic community, symbolizes a deep connection with cultural heritage and spiritual leadership. The titles of Baba Adinni and Iya Adinni carry great responsibilities, signifying the honorees’ commitment to serving the community and upholding the values of the Islamic faith.
As the community celebrates this significant event, the installation of Hon. Dr. Saheed Audullahi Mosadoluwa and Hadjia Aishat Adebimpe as Baba Adinni and Iya Adinni reflects their exemplary leadership and commitment to the principles of Harmony Gardens and Estate Development LTD. The event serves as a beacon of unity, spirituality, and communal recognition within the Osapa London in Lekki community.
Squad Powers OmniPay’s Trade Business to Simplify Payments for FMCG Industry
In a strategic move aimed at furthering its mission to empower African traders with the necessary payment solutions for thriving in the digital era, Squad, a fintech subsidiary of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc (GTCO), offering comprehensive payment and e-commerce solutions for businesses, has entered a partnership with OmniPay, a subsidiary of OmniRetail Inc.
This collaboration has currently benefited more than 65,000 stakeholders, which include retailers, distributors, and manufacturers through improved payment and collection methods using Squad’s Virtual Bank Account without incurring any charges. Additionally, they have gained more accessible and affordable working capital to procure goods on credit for their businesses, contributing to the daily transaction volume exceeding N3 billion, and this figure continues to grow.
Adeyemi Atanda, the Chief Marketing Officer, Squad, shared insights on the partnership’s significance, emphasizing, “At Squad, our mission revolves around providing African businesses with the right solutions for effortless payment processes, available at their convenience. We understand the pivotal role small businesses play in our economy. Through strategic alliances like this, we aim to empower even more merchants by granting them access to rapid, user-friendly, and dependable payment solutions that optimize their business operations and, in turn, boost their revenue.”
Deepankar Rustagi, CEO of OmniRetail stated, “As we join forces with Squad, we are driven by our shared vision of transforming the digital payment landscape for African businesses. With OmniPay, businesses will gain improved payment methods with zero transfer fees, while retailers and distributors will have easier access to OmniPay’s BNPL (Buy Now Pay Later) solution. This partnership aims to empower businesses, streamline payment processes, and enhance record-keeping accuracy through automated reconciliation for orders. This partnership reinforces OmniRetail’s commitment to innovation and financial inclusion.”
Squad is a complete payment solution that is reliable, secure, and affordable, making receiving in-person and online payments simple and convenient.
Our goal is to support SMEs, micro-merchants, large corporations, and other fintechs (Tech Stars) with the tools they need to thrive in an evolving digital economy and expand beyond their current market reach.
Squad’s current products and service offerings include SquadPOS, Squad Payment Links, Squad Virtual Accounts, USSD, and E-Commerce Storefront.
Find out more at www.squadco.com.
OmniPay, a subsidiary of OmniRetail Inc., is a company with a mission to simplify payments in Nigeria and provide working capital to trade businesses. OmniPay provides an API-based wallet built to simplify trade payments.
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