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Human Rights lawyer, Malcorm Omoirhobo Storm Supreme Court Proceedings In Herbalist Attire

By Glam & Essence

Lagos-based human rights lawyer, Malcom Omoirhobo, shocked many of his colleagues when he appeared in the full traditional attire of an “Olokun priest” to attend court proceedings at the Supreme Court, Abuja, on Thursday.
The lawyer, who caused a stir at the court said he dressed that way to exercise his fundamental human rights, following the judgment of the Supreme Court that allowed all Nigerians to express their way of worship and the use of hijab in schools and public places.
It would be recalled that the Supreme Court had on Friday given approval to female Muslim students to wear hijab to school in Lagos State.
Five out of the seven members of the court’s panel which sat on the case ruled in favour of hijab, while the two remaining members dissented.
Chief Malcom who arrived at the court premises at about 9:05 am, shocked other lawyers who had been seated the courtroom, when he stepped in dressed in traditional attire to look like an herbalist.
The lawyer who gained entry into the court was barefooted with feathers attached to his wig and bells tied to his ankles that rang as he walked in
He also wore a gourd on his necklace with cowries and a red wrapper tied on his white shirt to complete the traditional look.
He dared the police officers and security guards who approached him to go out saying that he has the right to come to the court in his traditional regalia without any harassment in line with the judgment.
As a result of the drama that ensued, the court proceedings were abruptly stopped when the presiding justice suddenly announced that they would be going for a short break.
The drama created by Chief Malcom attracted a large crowd who thronged the courtroom to catch a glimpse of him and capture a video and take a picture of him as he walked out of the court.
According to Chief Malcom while speaking to journalists, he said, “I am very grateful to the Supreme Court, just last week Friday, they made a very resounding decision that promotes Section 38 of the constitution. That is, our right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion. That we are free to express our way of worship in our schools and in our courts. That decision was reached on Friday and that has encouraged me.
“Because I am a traditionalist and this is the way I worship. Based on the decision of the Supreme Court, this is how I will be dressing henceforth in court, because I am a strong adherent to “Olokun” the god of rivers.”
He also stated that the implication of the judgement gives every Nigerian, including doctors, police, military students, and journalists, to wear their mode of worship in public places henceforth
He added that he was not against the judgement, as the decision has now strengthened and enriched the rights of all Nigerians as stipulated in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
Attached is a video of the lawyer in court today.

Glam & Essence Magazine

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