Nigeria | Justice Monica Donbgan- Mendem Sworn In As President Of Nigeria’s Court Of Appeal
Justice Monica Dongban who lost her son in a hit – and – run crash years back was today , Friday 19th June 2020 sworn in as the 7th President of the Court of Appeal by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) , Justice Tanko Mohammed.
Today’s swearing in came on the heels of her being recommended by the National Judicial Council to the President , President Muhammadu Buhari and subsequent confirmation of appointment by the Senate . Before now , she has been acting as the President of the Court of Appeal since March 6 , 2020 when her predecessor , Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa retired .
Hon Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem was born on the 13th June, 1957, to the family of M.B. Douglas-Mensem; a retired Appeal Court Justice.
She hails from Shendam Local Government Area of Plateau State. She got both her LL.B and LL.M degrees from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
She was a Visiting Lecturer on Press Law at the Catholic Media Centre, Kaduna from 1988-1992 and Part-time Lecturer at the University of Jos between 1989 and 1997.
From 1990-1993, Justice Dongban-Mensem served as Deputy Chief Registrar, Superior Courts and Protocol Affairs, and was appointed Judge, High Court of Justice, Plateau Judiciary from 1993-1996.
Hon Justice Dongban-Mensem transferred his service to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Judiciary in 1997, where she served until she was elevated to the Court of Appeal in 2003.
She was sworn-in as the Acting President, Court of Appeal, on March 6, 2020, by the Chief Justice of Nigeria.
Until this recent elevation, Hon. Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem was the Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Enugu Division, and Life Member of Body of Benchers.
Her leisure is writing, reading, golfing , working with children, women and the elderly.
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