Nigerian female judges have condemned the prevalent practice of female genital mutilation among Nigeria’s ethnic tribes.
They stated their worries in a statement released on Thursday in Maiduguri by the International Director of the National Association of Women Judges of Nigeria, Justice Roli Harriman, to honor the International Day of Women Judges, which is slated for Friday, March 10.
They stated that the practice has caused great concern in the country.
The female judges refused to name the communities notorious for such acts or provide statistics on the obscene habits in Nigeria.
They, on the other hand, advocated for the establishment of shelters for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault, particularly young girls, as well as adoption laws and practices that ensure justice and protection for such victims.
The judges were also concerned about the prevalence of domestic abuse and the existence of what they called abhorrent customary laws that supported such acts.
Justice Jummai Sankey, the association’s president, urged concerned stakeholders and individuals to contribute to their resolve.
“We, therefore, call on all stakeholders including NGOs to assist in publicising these issues and offering their own contribution towards their resolution,” he said.