Two lawyers were on Tuesday locked in a war of words at an Ogun State High Court in Isabo, Abeokuta, during the hearing of a suit on the use of hijab in public schools in the state.
During the second hearing of the case on Tuesday, counsel for the defendant and claimant, Israel Awofeso and Sulaiman Akinbami, respectively, traded words over the call for the adjournment of the case.
During the proceeding, there was a heated argument between the two counsel, following the statement made by the defendant’s lawyer claiming he received the process filed by one of the lawyers for the claimants, Mr Abass Nurudeen, on December 27, 2018 late on Tuesday.
Awofeso, who based his argument on his late receipt of the process, sought an adjournment of the case in order to respond to on point of law.
But Akinbami described his claim as “administrative incompetence”.
He prayed the court to hear the case expeditiously because of the pupil who he said could not return to school because she was denied her right to exercise freedom of religion .
Akinbami added that the case was in the interest of the majority of the people in the state.
Awofeso angrily responded, saying the accusation of “administrative incompetence” was “absolutely incorrect and rude”.
But, the presiding judge, Justice Bamgbose Alabi, restored calm by promising to ensure the speedy hearing of the case.