CJN charges new Appeal Court President, Justice Mensem on integrity

June 19, 2020
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The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad on Friday inaugurated Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem as the substantive President of the Court of Appeal, with a charge on her to maintain the credibility of the appellate court.

The CJN, who performed the inauguration at the Supreme Court challenged the new Appeal Court President to live up to expectation by maintaining a cordial relationship with her colleagues on the Appeal Court bench.

At the inauguration attended by the governor of Sokoto, Plateau, Niger and Kebbi states, Justice Muhammad reminded Justice Dongbam-Mensem that the court has the largest number of Justices in the country, hence the need for her to be up and doing.

Specifically, the CJN counselled Justice Dongban-Mensem, who is the second female President to be appointed Appeal Court President to ensure regular meetings with Presiding Justices in all divisions of the court as well as other Justices to enable them to understand the challenges facing the court.

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The CJN further tasked the new appellate court President to continue with her good character, behaviour and hardworking.

“From my personal experience, the workload in the Court of Appeal, especially in the divisions is the highest. It is a home of work, it is a home of cooperation, but with your experience, hard work and zeal, you will not find your new status difficult.

“If you sustain your good character and conduct, your tenure will definitely be an excellent one. Try to be your self and do not allow others to derail you. Remain what we know you for”, the CJN further charged the new Appeal Court President.

In her remarks, Justice Dongban-Mensem said she felt honoured and challenged to be appointed into the office of the President of the Court of Appeal, based on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari.

She assured Nigerians that she will do her best in ensuring that Justice is applied at the appellate court and said, she will build on the legacy left behind by her predecessors.

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