March 2, 2021

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, on Friday swore in Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, as the substantive President of the Court of Appeal.

The CJN charged Dongban-Mensem, who is the second-female President to be appointed to ensure regular meetings with Presiding Justices in all divisions of the court as well as other Justices to enable them to understand challenges that may be facing the court.

Justice Muhammad reminded the new Appeal Court President that the court has the largest number of Justices in the country, hence the need to be up and doing, while challenging the new president to live up to expectations by maintaining a cordial relationship with her colleagues on the Appeal court bench.

In her remarks, the newly sworn-in PCA assured Nigerians that she will do her best in ensuring that Justice is applied at the appellate court.

“I will build on the legacy left behind by her predecessors,” she said.

In attendance were the governors of Sokoto, Plateau, Niger, Kebbi states including the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters; Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele.

Recall Justice Dongban-Mensem was confirmed after a report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters by Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele.
Bamidele said no petition was received against her nomination.

“The nominee is a fit and proper person for appointment as the President of the Court of Appeal. The Committee recommends that the Senate do confirm the nomination of Hon. Justice M.B. Dongban-Mensem as Honourable President of the Court of Appeal,”. He said during the report for confirmation.

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