The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) has called on the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen not to relent in the present war against corruption particularly in the judiciary .
According to FIDA, “If the war is eventually won, the credibility the judiciary had commanded in the past, would be regained.
FIDA Chairperson in Kwara State, Hajia Salmat Iyabo Mohammed, stated this in Ilorin while speaking with journalists.
Hajia Mohammed also urged the Chief Justice of Nigeria to ensure that only credible, hard working, knowledgeable and transparent judicial officers are appointed as judges in either state high courts , appeal or Supreme Courts so as not to doubt, embarrass or put the judiciary in disputes.
The chairperson of FIDA said: “Members the association are fully in support of the ongoing cleansing in the Nigerian judiciary but cautioned against intimidating or exposing senior judicial officers to public embarrassment explaining that anybody facing trial is still innocent except proven guilty by a competent court of law hence, the need to handle such suspects with due judicial process.”
The legal practitioner who appealed to judicial officers to put in more efforts in the discharge of their duties, described Justice Onnoghen as a man of honour and a judicial officer that has proven himself to be corrupt free and therefore urged him to maintain the status quo ante and appealed to others in the judiciary to emulate him.
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