Breaking: Senate confirms Dongban-Mensem as Appeal Court President
Dongban-Mensem

By Nwafor Sunday

Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem has been confirmed as the President of the Court of Appeal, by the ninth senate. The senate had yesterday promised to confirm her today.

Disclosing the intention of the senate to honour the request and fast track the confirmation,  the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan said the decision became imperative to prevent a possible constitutional crisis in the Judiciary.

Lawan explained that it had to make the intervention to forestall eruption of a constitutional crisis in the country, particularly in the judicial arm of government.

The President of the Senate who explained that since the Senate would adjourn for two weeks on Thursday in commemoration of its one year anniversary of the Ninth Assembly, it was important to confirm the nominee before the break.

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The decision is apparently to prevent emergence of a vacuum in the Appellate Court, as the tenure of Dongban-Mensem in acting capacity will soon expire.

However, after submitting the report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters on the Confirmation of the Nomination of Hon. Justice M.B. Dongban-Mensem for Appointment as the Honorable President of the Court of Appeal by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele,  Senator Bamidele opined: “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.

Reacting also, Senator Ike Ekweramdu congratulated the nominee, saying that women are making progress in the scheme of things. He said this is because Justice Mendem is succeeding a woman who served and retired in the same capacity.

Ekweremadu advocated that the new President of the Court of Appeal joins forces with others to carry out reforms in the justice system especially in election matters.

Also, Senator James Manager while reacting said the report of the Committee has the support of almost everybody. He said the nominee is eminently qualified for the job and that due process is being followed in her appointment. He says there should be no other debate on the floor of the Senate except for her confirmation.

On his own part, Sen. Gabriel Suswam said as a member of the Committee who participated in the screening of the nominee, the Committee said the woman is very experienced & qualified for the job. He said there is no argument as to her qualifications & so urged the Senate to confirm her nomination.

In view of the above testaments, Senate dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the Confirmation of the Nomination of Hon. Justice M.B. Dongban-Mensem for Appointment as the Honorable President of the Court of Appeal.

Hon. Justice M.B. Dongban-Mensem is confirmed as the Honorable President of the Court of Appeal.

Among others who were confirmed today include:

Chikezie Ogbonna Nwachukwu is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Alex Enan Kefas is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Gabriel Mustapha Okoko is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Aisha Mohammed Garba is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Asari Edem Allotey (Mrs.) is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

George Ehidiamen Edokpa, Esq is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate

Adamu Ibrahim Lamuwa is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Abubakar Mohammed Sarki is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate

Yakubu Abdullahi Ahmed is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Suleiman Dauda Umar is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Gambo Yusuf Hamza is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Nura Abba Rimi is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Mfawa Omini Abam is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Lami Sauda Remawa-Ahmed is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Mohammed Manu is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Ingekem Regina Ocheni (Mrs.) is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Ismaila Yusuf Abba is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Mistura Abdulraheem (Mrs.) is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Wosilat Abimbola Adedeji is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Obinna Cheedu Onowu is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Ekpebike Steve Agnana is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Ogah Usman Ari is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Safiu Olukayode Olaniyan is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Abidoun Richards Adejola is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Olawale Emmanuel Awe is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Ibim Nkem Charles is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Zachariah Mallam Ifu is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Raymond Udoffe Brown is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Godfrey A. E. Odudigbo is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Ahmed Sule is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Olukayode O. Aluko is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Victor Adekunle Adeleke, Esq is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Matin Senkom Adamu is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Bukar Buni Hamman is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Anderson Nkemakonam Mabubike is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Nart Augustine Kolo, mni is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Ismail Ayobami Alatishe is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Yakubu Santuraki Suleiman is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Benaoyagha Bernard Mese Okoyen is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Innocent Alaoma Iwejuo is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Aishatu Aliyu Iwejuo is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

Mukhtar Ibrahim Bashir is confirmed as Career Ambassador-Designate.

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