MURIC petitions LPDC over attorney’s native doctor’s apparel
The Correct Practitioners Disciplinary Committee, of the Body of Benchers, has given a Lagos-basically basically based attorney and a human rights activist, Malcolm Omirhobo 24 days to acknowledge the petition filed in opposition to him by Muslim Rights Announce for appearing in a native doctor’s apparel to the Supreme Court docket and the Federal Excessive Court docket.
The 24 days stare given to Omirhobo by the LPDC turned into contained in a letter dated October 7, 2022.
Omirhobo had in response to the judgment of the Apex Court docket on the sporting of hijab by Muslim ladies, on June 27, 2022, sporting his native doctor apparel over his wig to the courtroom.
Nonetheless, in a letter dated October 7, 2022, and signed by the Secretary of LPDC, Mr Daniel Tela, asked Omirhobo to acknowledge a petition filed in opposition to him by MURIC over the capability he dressed to the Supreme Court docket.
Omirhobo turned into directed to put up affidavits disclosing his defence to the Originating Utility filed by MURIC in Swimsuit No. BB/LPDC/896/2022.
In a judgment delivered on June 17, 2022, the Supreme Court docket affirmed the decision of a Court docket of Enchantment Lagos, which removed the ban on the use of hijab in public colleges in Lagos Voice.
The apex courtroom in a split judgment of 5-to-two, held that the appellate courtroom turned into correct in its verdict nullifying and environment aside the judgment of a Lagos Excessive Court docket that banned female Muslim students from sporting the hijab (head covering veil) with their college uniforms.
It subsequently dismissed the appeal brought by Lagos Voice for lacking in advantage.
On Thursday, June 23, 2022, Omirhobo in instruct of the judgment turned into seen on the premises of the Supreme Court docket sporting his native doctor apparel on his wig and dress. He also wore the the same dress to the Federal Excessive Court docket in Lagos on Monday, June 27.
The human correct attorney, who regarded before Justice Tijiani Ringim, barefooted with cowries tied on his two legs, and his wig had two lengthy feathers, with cowries in his two arms and tied a red wrapper, while he wore his attorney’s dress over it, turned into greeted with resistance by some lawyers who disagreed with his look before the courtroom in such dressing; arguing that he may perhaps possibly possibly no longer be heard as he turned into no longer well dressed as a attorney before the courtroom.
When his case turned into called, he announced his look as the applicant and a few lawyers, Abdullah Dania, Mohammed Adamu and one Festus Afeyodion, told the courtroom that he must light no longer be heard as he turned into no longer well robbed.
Dania acknowledged, “I am a attorney, my Lord can imagine the capability my discovered buddy appears before the courtroom as a legit. The principles that govern us as a attorney make no longer enable injurious dressing.”
Adamu told the courtroom that he would purchase to furnish the courtroom with his written submission in line with the path of the courtroom.
The Punch had reported that Omirhobo regarded on the Federal Excessive Court docket in Lagos on Wednesday, morning on June 29, 2022, in a corpulent wig, dress, black trousers, and shoes.
He acknowledged “the spirit,” asked him to “trudge customary,” adding that he would revert to his non secular garb again if directed.
Omirhobo claimed he’s a traditionalist and argued that his decision turned into in line with the Supreme Court docket’s judgment that ruled in favour of Muslim students sporting hijab in Lagos colleges.
Omirhobo’s transfer, alternatively, regarded, to have emboldened varied lawyers.
As if that turned into all there is to instruct the Supreme Court docket decision on the sporting of a Hijab, yet another attorney, Dennis Ezekiel, regarded on the Federal Excessive Court docket in Lagos, sporting a rosary on his barrister’s apparel.
He explained that he turned into exercising his correct to non secular freedom following the hijab ruling.
Ezekiel acknowledged, “My name is Dennis Ezekiel. I’m a Christian, a Catholic, and I’m professing my religion by appearing cherish this in courtroom. It’s my correct, enshrined in Fragment 38 of the 1999 Structure and laid down, enunciated by the Supreme Court docket (in its) judgment (on hijab). So, now we have that constitutional correct to profess our religion with out hindrance.”
In response to the dressing of Omirhobo, a favored socio-political activist, Aisha Yesufu described the Omirhobo’s outfit as a ‘juju’ priest.
Yesufu did no longer condemn Omirhobo’s dress nevertheless told the attorney that it turned into no longer merely sufficient to dress cherish that to the Court docket, adding that he must light even be in such apparel to marketplaces, offices, and varied public capabilities.
Constant along with her, Muslim ladies make no longer ethical achieve on the hijab to a relate location or unbiased nevertheless as an obligation, they scrutinize and use it continually.
She acknowledged: “Ability to trudge! He must light dress cherish this no longer ethical to courtroom sittings nevertheless to his location of job, market, public gatherings etc. We make no longer achieve on the hijab on occasion or ceremoniously.
“It’s an obligation that we scrutinize and use continually and resulting from this the Supreme Court docket gave that ruling!”
Muslim Rights Announce, MURIC, had earlier condemned the attorney’s behaviour, announcing it’s no longer simplest contemptuous of the Supreme Court docket pronouncement nevertheless also challenging, condescending, and irreconcilable with the noble occupation of law.
Confirming the 24 days stare, Omirhobo wrote on his social media contend with; “I have ethical obtained a frivolous and vexatious originating application in appreciate of the allegation of misconduct in opposition to me for dressing as prescribed by my religion within the exercise of my fundamental correct to freedom of belief, sense of correct and wrong, and religion by Muslim Rights Announce (MURIC) from the Body of Benchers, Correct Practitioners Disciplinary Committee. I am to file my defence within 24 days. – Malcolm Omirhobo.”
Within the originating application marked BB/LPDC/896/2022, despatched to LPDC, by MURIC over allegations of legit misconduct MURIC’s attorney, Muhammad Aliyu, mentioned that Omirhobo, conducted himself in a formulation that is unbecoming for a ethical practitioner which caused disrepute and mockery to the ethical occupation and embarrassment to MURIC.
He acknowledged “Therefore, he (Omirhobo) will seemingly be required to acknowledge allegations contained within the Statement/Affidavit which accompanies this application and such listing be made as the Committee shall assume correct.’’
Sokoto Chapter of MURIC, on July 13, 2022, filed a suit in opposition to Omirhobo before the Sokoto Excessive Court docket over legit misconduct.