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One Killed, Others Injured As Hijab Protest Turns Bloody In Kwara State


A peaceful protest in Kwara state has turned bloody after Christian and Muslim parents of students of the Oyun Baptist High School clash over the use of hijab in Ijagbo, Oyun local government area, Kwara state.

THECONSCIENCEng gathered that one person was feared dead and four others sustained serious injuries during the protest.

The violence was said to have been triggered by the decision of the management of Oyun Baptist High School, on January 17, 2022 that Muslim students should not wear Hijab to the school again.

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According to Arewa Voice, the opposing parents (Muslims and Christians) students protested in the morning at the gate of the school displaying placards to express their positions. But the protest suddenly turned violent after the opposing parents’ confrontation and their sympathisers degenerated.

Hoodlums took advantage of the situation and freely used dangerous weapons, during which one person was reportedly shot in the head and four others sustained severe injuries. It took the intervention of the anti riot mobile police team drafted to restore peace in the school to end the protest.

“The person that sustained gun shot in the head has been reported dead. It was a peaceful protest before it was hijacked by sympathisers and hoodlums,“ said a source.

The state police spokesman, Ajayi Okasanmi, who confirmed the incident in a statement said normalcy had been restored in the area.

The statement titled, “Re: Hijab crisis in Ijagbo, Oyun Local Government” reads: “The Kwara State Police Command wishes to inform the general public, especially, citizens and residents of Ijagbo community and its environs, that the Command’s Tactical units and conventional police men deployed to Ijagbo have successfully restored peace and are also on ground to ensure that no further break down of law and order is allowed.

“The above action is sequel to the crisis related to the wearing of Hijab in schools which matter has been in contention between the Christian and Muslim faithful in Kwara State. Of current concern was the breakdown of law and other between Ijagbo community and protesting Muslim parents, where dangerous weapons were freely used.”