The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) has called on the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen not to relent in the current war against corruption, particularly in the judiciary.
According to FIDA, if the war is eventually won, the credibility of the judiciary will be enhanced.
The Chairperson of Kwara State branch of FIDA, Mrs Salmat Mohammed expressed these views in Ilorin, the state capital, answering questions from newsmen.
She urged the Chief Justice to ensure that only credible, hardworking, knowledgeable and transparent judicial officers are appointed as judges in either state high courts, appeal courts and the Supreme Court.
Mrs Mohammed added that members of 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.
She added that anybody facing trial was still innocent until proven guilty by a competent court of law.
The legal practitioner, who appealed to judicial officers to put in more effort in the discharge of their duties, described Justice Onnoghen as a man of honour and a judicial officer that had proven himself to be corrupt free and urged him to maintain the status quo.
The FIDA Chairperson suggested that stiffer penalties and accelerated hearing should be passed on anybody found and confirmed guilty of rape.
She also decried that there were now rampant cases of female to female, male to male and even father to daughter rape cases which she described as most disheartening and embarrassing.
Mrs Mohammed enjoined mothers to take proper care of their female children in particular and condemned the idea of keeping female children in the custody of male house maids or even uncles.
She blamed such cases of broken homes on the economic situation in the country and a lack of deep understanding between partners before going into marriages.
She announced that the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of FIDA would hold in Ilorin in April, adding that the event would equally coincide with the state FIDA law week and launching of the Women Center.
Mrs Mohammed commended the support of the wife of the State governor, Mrs Omolewa Ahmed to the association.