Soon To Be Over: Sidelining Qualified Female Justices As Heads of Court – Oduah

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General Secretary of the Nigeria Bar Association, Joyce Oduah, FICMC has described as unfortunate the workings of patriarchy in the Nigerian judiciary and justice sector. Responding to succession patterns in Nigeria’s judiciary, Oduah, who was guest on the House of Justice weekly program, said the cases of Justice Asabe Karatu of Kebbi State and Justice Beatrice Iliya of Gombe state who were both qualified to be sworn in as Chief Judges of their states but were inordinately sidelined in favour of their junior male colleagues were examples of what should not be happening in any justice sector.

 

She however stated that the Nigeria Bar Association was working assiduously to stop the trend as demonstrated by the President Olumide Akpata- led NBA which ensured that efforts by the Cross River government to sideline Justice Akon Bassey Ikpeme for her junior male colleague, Justice Maurice Eneji was thwarted and stopped.

Rhoda Prevail Tyoden Esq, Country Vice President of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), who was guest on the same program said that there was a dire and urgent need for specialized courts to be designated for the adjudication and quick dispensation of justice for Gender Based Violence crimes in Nigeria.

Condemning the gruesome murders of Iniobong Hiny Umoren who was allegedly killed through a job employment ploy and Adaeze Ikpeama Esq, a young lawyer reportedly murdered by her husband, Tyoden said the two incidents were clear indicators that females have become endangered species in Nigeria thus necessitating the need for courts trained with peculiar insights into the complexities and dynamics of GBV to stem the ugly tide through the speedy and effective dispensation of justice.

The program which aired on 6th May, 2021 was an intense intergenerational discussion and had on the same forum
Alfred Amaechi Esq the Head of Chambers, MIVE Legals, and Jessica Adesanya, Presenter, Heroes & Sheroes. Amaechi condemned the wrong socialization of males which enabled violence against women and said the wrong understanding and use of culture, biology and religion were largely responsible for Gender Based Violence. Amaechi said the family had a huge role to play in doing away with fables and males need to accept and understand that females and males are equal in essence.

On her part, Jessica Adesanya Esq pointed the need for young women to put their safety first and to be ready to leave in order to stay alive stating that financial, psychological and all-round emancipation were required for Nigerian females to live their best lives.

The House of Justice program is a weekly law and justice international syndicate that airs on the HOJ Radio/TV Cable Network. It is hosted by Gloria Mabeiam Ballason, the C.E.O. of House of Justice.


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