- The Senate has confirmed Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem as the Court of Appeal president
- Dongban-Mensem had served in an acting capacity since 2019
- During her confirmation, Senator Suswam said she is very qualified to be the court's president
Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem is now the president of the Court of Appeal.
The justice who had served in an acting capacity since 2019 was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday, June 11.
She was recommended by the National Judicial Council but her nomination was not transmitted to the Senate for approval until recently, Premium Times reports.
But on Tuesday, June 9, the president transmitted her name to the Senate and according to Gabriel Suswam, a member of the committee that screened her, she is very experienced and qualified for the job,” Premium Times Reports.
“There is is no argument as to her qualifications,” he added.
The Senate also confirmed the nomination of James Jiya John Kolo as a commissioner of the Federal Character Commission to represent Nasarawa state.
Recall that Buhari had approved the extension of the appointment of Justice Dongban-Mensem as the acting president of the Court of Appeal.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that presidential aide Lauretta Onochie has claimed that former military governor of Kaduna state, Col. Abubakar Dangiwa Umar, relied on fake news for his criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The outspoken Onochie said she felt sorry for the respected former governor. Going further, she argued that fake news strips one of every dignity.
"When I saw this untrue headline, I felt very sorry for Col. Umar Rtd. He's been feeding on fake news. Fake news can be damaging. Responding to fake news can be embarrassing. Fake news strips one of every dignity," she wrote on Twitter.
Recall that in his letter, Umar accused Buhari of giving undue preference to some sections of the country over others in his appointments.
Specifically, he faulted the president on the issue of Justice Onnoghen when he was to be made substantive chief justice of Nigeria and Dongban-Mensem's short term appointment as chief judge of the Nigerian Court of Appeal.
Legit.ng had also reported that Zainab Bulkachuwa, the immediate past president of the Court of Appeal and, historically, the first female Nigerian to occupy that position, has opened up on how she handled home and her job.
The female justice who retired recently after 45 years in the judiciary, said she learnt how to separate her home from her job at the early stage of her career.
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