Why Buhari nominated Dongban-Mensem as Appeal Court President – Presidency

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent the nomination of Monica Dongban-Mensem, Acting President of the Court of Appeal, to the Senate for confirmation.

In a statement on Monday by the Presidential Spokesman, Garba Shehu, Buhari forwarded her name to the Red Chamber in line with his “constitutional responsibility”.

Shehu noted that her nomination followed the recommendation of the National Judicial Commission in line with the provisions of the constitution.

“President Muhammadu Buhari, in-line with his constitutional responsibility has sent the nomination of Her Lordship, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, Acting President, Court of Appeal to the Senate for confirmation as President, Court of Appeal,” the statement read.

“Justice Dongban-Mensem is a serving Justice of the Court of Appeal and was recommended, as is the practice, by the National Judicial Council for the nomination by the President.”

Recall that the judge has been acting as head of the appellate court since the retirement of Zainab Bulkachuwa in March.

Although the National Judicial Council (NJC) earlier recommended her as the substantive head of the court, Buhari did not send her name to the Senate for confirmation. Instead, President Buhari extended her tenure as acting president of the court till September.

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