There was a drama at the Supreme Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday as a Lagos Based Human Rights Lawyer, Malcom Omoirhobo caused a stir in the courtroom when he appeared in full traditional attire called ” Olokun ” the god of rivers to attend court proceedings.
The lawyer said he dressed to court in that manner in exercising his fundamental human rights following the judgement of the Supreme Court that allowed all Nigerians to express their way of worship and the use of hijab in schools and public places.
The lawyer who arrived at the court at about 9:05 am created a scene in the courtroom when other lawyers who have already been seated were taken by surprise to see him robed in traditional attire thereby making him to look like a herbalist.
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 judgement.
Though it could not be immediately ascertained what was responsible for the short break.
Malcom who addressed journalists 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 added that he was not against the judgement rather he was happy with the decision because it strengthened and enriched the rights of all Nigerians as stipulated in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.