Some female Muslims in Osun State have lamented that an agent of the State Government recruited to screen workers, Chams Ltd, violated their right of freedom of religion.

This is as they asked Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, to call the screening company to order as the ongoing workers screening and data capturing in the state continues.

During the ongoing screening, the company allegedly refused to capture and screen female Muslims who refused to expose their ears.

It was gathered that while some of the victims opened their ears, other resisted.

To expose their ears, the female Muslims may have to remove their hijabs or adjust it.

This is contrary to the injunctions of Allah which commanded that female Muslims should cover their head. They are not allowed to expose themselves to strangers.

Our correspondent gathered that the Chams Ltd had also in 2013 asked some Muslim females to remove their hijabs before being captured.

Then, it was learnt that it took the intervention of Muslim organisations and Muslim Community in Osun State for Chams Ltd to capture female Muslims with their hijabs.

One of the victims, who prefers anonymity, said she was asked to open her head but she declined.

She narrated that her insistence to open her hijab made the agency to deny her the right to do the screening.

She said, “I explained to them that I’ve been doing screening and I’ve never been forced to open my hijab.

“Another woman who claimed to be a staff of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH), stated that she was sent away because she refused to open her hijab.

“Some sisters complied and they opened their hijab. But, because I did my National Identity Card and Voters Card, nobody asked me to open my hijab, that is why I refused.

“They didn’t attend to me till I left after 5pm on Monday. I think the Governor will call them to order and stop humiliating us.”

Another staff of the state government, who simply identified herself as Rahmat, reported the same experience.

She narrated, “I don’t know why I would compromise my religion because of mere data capturing that I’ve been doing for a long time.

“I believe that Chams was appointed by the government to screen and not to humiliate Muslims. I won’t take it easy if they insist that I should remove my hijab because I will still go back.”

However, it was gathered that Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Muslim Community has intervened in the matter.

It was learnt that the Chairman of the Muslim community is ready to the case up officially if such thing persist.

It was also gathered that the head of Cham in Osogbo has promised that the female Muslims would be allowed to do the capturing without uncovering their ears.

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