Monica Dongban-Mensem: Nigeria’s judge who spends free time controlling traffic

Monica Dongban-Mensem: Nigeria’s judge who spends free time controlling traffic

- Following the murder of her son by a hit-and-run driver, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, now spends part of her time controlling traffic

- The appeal court judge believed to pencilled as its next president, says many drivers in Nigeria do not understand the rules

- Apart from ensuring free flow of vehicles in the nation's capital, she also visits motor parks to educate drivers

Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem is not just a judge of the appeal court in Nigeria, she is touted as the next possible president of the appellate judicial arm of government as Zainab Bulkachuwa, the current head, prepares for retirement.

The stunning side of Justice Dongban-Mensem, however, is the fact that she spends her free time controlling traffic in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria.

The 62-year-old senior judge does this voluntarily.

Monica Dongban-Mensem: Nigeria’s judge who spends free time controlling traffic

Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem says many drivers do not understand road signs Credit: BBC
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During her free time, Nigerian Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem controls traffic in the capital, Abuja, eight years after her son was killed in a hit-and-run accident.

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The senior judge, however, has a dark side she had nursed for about eight years - her son was killed by a hit-and-run driver - and as a result, she thinks she can play a major role in changing the psyche of Nigerian drivers and ensuring proper knowledge of the road.

Dongban-Mensem laments that because many drivers in the country are not patient, some of them have caused accidents that have sometimes been fatal.

Speaking with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), she said she never knew the driver behind her son's death, but it is her determination to touch as many road users as she can.

Monica Dongban-Mensem: Nigeria’s judge who spends free time controlling traffic

Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem carries out enlightenment among drivers. Credit: BBC
Source: UGC

Despite her position in the country, she has spent time visiting bus parks for the enlightenment of drivers.

She revealed that her experience with the drivers had shown that most of them do not have the proper training needed to carry out their daily activities. Some do not understand road signs.

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To further boost her resolve, the judge now has a foundation named after her late son and with the aim of enlightening drivers. She further has a plan to create a driving school for would-be commercial drivers.

She also said she spent weeks with the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) training to control traffic before she ventured into the practice as a warden.

Her son, who she called Kwapda'as Dongban, was 32 years old when she died in 2011 at a busy area in Jos, Plateau state.

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She said her son, a law graduate from the University of Jos, was in Plateau for his certificate when the incident happened. He broke his two legs, was left without assistance as he groaned in pains till he lost the chance to live.

Legit.ng earlier reported how a 20-year-old first-class degree holder in Economics, Aramide Akintimehin, embraced a career in training future leaders by dedicating her life to teach primary school pupils.

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She earns a living as a primary school teacher who also runs a free school for out-of-school children, Talent Mine Academy.

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Source: Legit.ng

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