The chairman of the Supreme Court, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad has raised concern about rampant cases of child abuse nationwide.
Speaking while declaring open the 18th Annual Judges Conference held at Kongo Campus of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria organised by the Centre for Islamic Legal Studies (CILS), Justice Muhammad said child abuse has become a common phenomenon across Nigeria hence the need for the reversal of the trend.
Represented by Justice Ahmad Balgore, a judge of the Court of Appeal, Justice Muhammad said the theme of the conference, The Role of Sharia/Area Courts in the Administration of Justice in Cases involving Children, came at a time when Nigeria is in dire need of solution for child abuse.
He added; “I want to call on the relevant authorities to give theiroptimum support to CILS in its efforts to providing continuing legal education to judges, judicial staff, legal practitioners etcetera. The continuing education should be in the relevant fields of law generally and Islamic law in particular for effective justice delivery in Nigeria.”
The ABU Vice Chancellor, Professor Ibrahim Garba, said the conference sought to tackle issues like succession, evidence and sharing of assets.
Earlier, the Director of CILS, Professor Bala Babaji, said the conference was the only annual colloquium on Islamic law in Nigeria where judges, lawyers and academics meet and update their knowledge and skills on Islamic law as practice in Nigeria.