Officials in an accredited centre of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) in Lagos reportedly asked a female Muslim student to remove her hijab before she could be allowed to write her Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Recall that JAMB commenced the 2024 UTME on Friday, April 19, 2024 and it’s expected to end on April 29, 2024.

The female candidate, Aisha Tiamiyu narrating her ordeal said the official of Bafuto Institute, Ile-Iwe Bus-Stop, Ejigbo, Lagos denied her entry, insisting that the use of a hijab wasn’t allowed on the premises.

The candidate knowing that the issue would be dragged to the extent that she might miss the exam obliged and removed her hijab before she was permitted to carry out the exercise.

According to her, “On getting to the centre, the man at the gate asked me to remove my hijab and because I insisted I wasn’t going to do that, I was delayed outside. A woman yelled at me from one of the offices, saying that hijab was not allowed.

“When I couldn’t bear it any longer, I was helpless because time was running very fast. I removed my hijab, so I was allowed to go into the exam hall. However, a man told me to use my hijab thirty minutes into the exam.”



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