President Muhammadu Buhari has finally asked the Nigerian Senate to confirm Justice (Mrs.) Monica Dongban-Mensem as President, Court of Appeal.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Monday.
Mrs. Dongban-Mensem had been the acting President of the appeal court since the retirement of Zainab Bulkachuwa in March.
The National Judicial Council (NJC) had recommended her as the substantive head of the court, but Buhari did not send her name to the senate for confirmation. Rather, the president extended her tenure as acting president of the court till September.
The statement read, “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.
“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.”
Shehu had on Sunday claimed that the president did not send her name to the senate for confirmation because the “relevant security agencies” were screening her.
However, NJC sources say that before any judicial officer is recommended to the president for appointment, DSS clearance is a requirement in line with the procedural rules of the council.
It was gathered that Dongban-Mensem was cleared by the secret police before her name was forwarded to the president for appointment.