Free for all as Christians, Muslims clash in Ilorin as schools reopen

Hell was let loose as Muslim and Christian faithful clashed in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital after the State Government reopened 10 schools shut over hijab (Islamic headscarf) controversy.

Adherents of the two faiths have been at loggerheads since the decision of the state government to allow school pupils to wear headscarves in public schools.

The leaders of the two faiths on Wednesday engaged themselves in a battle of wits and the battle ground was the Baptist School, Surulere area of the state capital.

Those present at the event said trouble started when some students with the headgear were prevented access to the school thus leading to serious altercation between the Muslims and Christians.

The altercation, the eyewitness said, eventually led to a clash that saw the Muslims and Christians throwing objects at themselves.

It was learnt that it took the intervention of security operatives to restore peace.

Prior to the clash, Christian faithfuls displayed placards with various inscriptions such as ‘No Hijab in Baptist Schools and all mission/grant-aided schools’, ‘Otoge, give us back our schools, among others.

It was also learnt that there was a protest at other schools across the state capital.

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