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Delta Chief Judge admonishes parents on children’s morality

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Justice Marshall Umukoro

Delta State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro has reiterated the need for parents to imbue in their children good moral and scriptural principles that would make them viable citizens.

He gave the advice when the International Federation of Women Lawyers Association, FIDA, Delta State chapter paid him a courtesy call in Asaba

According to a statement by Agbaragu Tim, head, protocol/public Public Relations Officer, High Court of Justice, Asaba, the visit was to intimate him of the existence and activities of the association.

Tim stated, “the Chief Judge, who was reacting to observations of the group concerning nursing mothers awaiting trial in prison custody, attributed the increase of baby mothers and crime in the society to dysfunctional family system”.

He explained that while expressing reservation on the ability of orphanages to take adequate care of motherless children removed from their mothers in prison custody, Umukoro stated that the reason such mothers were being kept behind bars should be inquired into without sentiments for the interest of the larger society”.

He further stressed: “Umukoro disclosed that the Judiciary was collaborating with Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to appoint competent members from the Area Courts as Assessors to sit with Judges and Magistrates in the six Family Courts in the three Senatorial Districts of the state.

“The CJ used the auspicious occasion to advise parents, especially mothers, to exercise due diligence while profiling the background of prospective suitors before giving their consent, even as he promised members of the Association his support during their forthcoming FIDA/Delta week”.

Earlier, the chairperson of FIDA, Mrs. Oku Lauretta Omezi said that they were in his office to intimate him on activities of the group and solicit his support, being the number one citizen of the Delta Judiciary.

Accompanied by executive members of FIDA, she disclosed that the association, which was established in Delta State 15 years ago exists in 32 states of the federation, has been resuscitated and now alive to its responsibilities.

Omezi who is also a President of Area Customary Court enumerated objectives of FIDA to include, “Enhancing and promoting the welfare of women and children, realizing that on women and children’s wellbeing depends the happiness of the home and strength of society, to establish friendly international on the basis of equality and mutual respect for all peoples, and to provide advice to the government in all cases of neglect relating to women and children”.

While thanking the Chief Judge on the increasing rate of transfer of cases to ADR, FIDA appealed for more transfers to enable women and children benefit from access to justice

It equally drew the attention of the chief judge to cases of nursing mothers and persons of unsound mind who are in awaiting trial and cannot competently withstand trial, even as they called on him to ensure that specialists were appointed to man family courts.


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