Dongban-Mensem succeeds Bulkachuwa as Nigeria’s second female Appeal Court President

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Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem has emerged Nigeria’s second female justice to occupy the position of President of Court of Appeal. 

She succeeds retired Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa who retired earlier in the year after 45 years in the judiciary.

Her emergence as the President of the Court of Appeal came after her confirmation on Thursday by the Nigerian Senate.

President Muhammadu Buhari, had in a letter urged the Senate to approve the nomination of Justice Dongban-Mensem as the PCA.

She was confirmed after a report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele.

Bamidele said no petition was received against her nomination.

“The nominee is a fit and proper person for appointment as the President of the Court of Appeal. The Committee recommends that the Senate do confirm the nomination of Hon. Justice M.B. Dongban-Mensem as Honourable President of the Court of Appeal,” he was quoted as saying on the Senate’s Twitter handle.

Former Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ike Ekweramdu congratulated the nominee, saying women are making progress in the scheme of things.

“This is because Justice Mendem is succeeding a woman who served and retired in the same capacity” he said.

The lawmaker urged the new President of the Court of Appeal to join forces with others to carry out reforms in the justice system especially in election matters.


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